Morgan McKinley’s Financial Services Bonus Survey 2019 shows that while more bonuses were paid out this year, the majority of Japanese bankers remains unimpressed. The same can be said about their outlook on Japan’s economy with the majority expressing feeling ‘neutral’ about Japan’s economic prospects.
Morgan McKinley Japan’s Managing Director, Lionel Kaidatzis comments, “The results of this year’s survey for bonus payouts were actually more favourable than we had anticipated. The mood in the market seemed to be suggesting that bonus levels were going to be down on the previous year. “
34% of financial services professionals received a higher bonus payout compared to the previous year. Over 24 % of respondents said that their bonus made up over 40% of their annual base salary.
The percentage of bankers feeling positive about Japan’s economic outlook has dropped significantly compared to the previous year with only 22% expressing they are feeling ‘positive’ about the outlook compared to 43% last year.
Lionel Kaidatzis explains that this is not necessarily centred to Japan but rather a type of “cautious optimism”.
“The ongoing US/China trade wars and Brexit has put enough uncertainty into the markets for hiring managers to exercise caution before signing off on new hires. The economic outlook is therefore not necessarily centred to Japan, where the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup have created so much positive sentiment in recent years, but it has meant a switch from optimism to caution”.
The survey further shows that respondents considered Japan’s local performance to be strong, however noticing a pull back on a global performance level.
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Bonus Survey Methodology
Morgan McKinley Japan conducted its Bonus Satisfaction Survey in March 2019 and surveyed 289 financial services professionals. The poll was conducted through interviews, e-mails and phone calls with professionals from front office, middle office and back office functions.
To view the full Bonus Survey Report, visit the Morgan McKinley Japan website.
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