Bonuses 2015 : European vs. American banks

Emolument has analysed bonuses from 434 Directors working in Europe for top UK, US and European banks.

Steady flies the Eagle: US banks retain their reputation as consistently strong payers, however considering their positive stock performance over the last 18 months, most of the US banks are probably hoping to satisfy their employees with stock valuation upticks on their existing holding rather than an outright increase in annual cash bonuses.

Swiss Bonus slashing: With disappointing results this year, Swiss institutions were under pressure to retain their key staff despite struggling to source a suitable bonus pool, leading to wide swings in remuneration from one specialism to the next

Eurozone: A conservative bonus policy last year enabled Euro based banks to show an rise in 2015 bonus payments, though they still remain far behind their US counterparts

UK institutions: Squeezed by regulation and watched like hawks by the media, UK banks have had little room for bonus increases this year, with a puny 4% increase

Bonus evolution between 2014 and 2015

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Bonus evolution between 2014 and 2015

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