Barclays, Deutsche Bank to cut pay up to 20 percent: sources

Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:45am EST
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By Philipp Halstrick and Soyoung Kim

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barclays (BARC.L: Quote) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE: Quote) will take a knife to bonuses for investment bankers in the coming weeks as they seek to tackle high costs, people familiar with the matter said.

Britain's Barclays is finalizing bonuses for last year and overall 2012 compensation for investment bankers will fall by between 10 percent and 20 percent on average, two sources said.

New Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins is revamping the bank and has pledged to cut pay to lift returns for investors.

Deutsche Bank's investment bankers will see bonuses for 2012 fall by 15-20 percent, two sources said.

The reduction follows a year of restructuring at Germany's flagship bank and pressure from regulators to clamp down on short-term rewards.

Barclays and Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

Banks around the world are taking a harder line on pay and are axing jobs as they try to get to grips with high costs as tougher rules have made them less profitable than in the past.

Bonuses across the industry for 2012 could be down by as much as 30 percent compared with 2011 levels, senior bankers have estimated.   Continued...

A logo of Barclays bank is seen outside a branch in Altrincham, northern England April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble