European Banking Authority Reports on Compensation Trends in EU Credit Institutions and Investment Firms
04/10/2018The European Banking Authority has published a report entitled "Benchmarking of remuneration practices at the European Union level and data on high earners." The report sets out the EBA's analysis of the compensation data provided to it by national regulators for 2016, which the EBA has compared with data from 2015 and 2014. The Capital Requirements Directive requires the EBA to benchmark remuneration trends in credit institutions and investment firms at EU level and to publish aggregated data on high earners earning EUR 1 million or more per financial year. National regulators are required to collect the relevant information from credit institutions and investment firms and to submit it to the EBA.
The analysis shows a slight decrease in 2016 in the number of high earners paid EUR 1 million or more. There was also a significant decrease in the number of identified staff subject to a cap on the ratio of fixed to variable compensation, although the EBA notes that this was due to a significant reduction by two banks of their numbers of identified staff. The EBA also notes that the supervisory framework for compensation practices is still not sufficiently harmonized, with significant differences among Member States and among institutions in the application of deferral and payout in instruments.
The EBA will continue to benchmark compensation trends biennially. The next benchmarking exercise will take place in 2019 using 2017 and 2018 data. Data on high earners will continue to be published annually. The EBA also proposes to review the application of the current regulatory technical standards on identified staff.
View the Report.