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Banks are said to have made their best offers this week. Read more »

But the factor the book did not predict…was the decline in pay, after the financial crisis. “I think we misdiagnosed the problem,” says a banker who has worked on how to retain young staff. “It’s not that the junior guys are working too much. It’s that the value proposition changed.” Not long ago, it used to be clearer cut – the work-life balance was skewed towards work but made more easy to swallow by large amounts of cash and stock. “It’s a terrible time to be a banker,” says the bank employee working on staff retention. “You are on the road three days a week. You are getting paid substantially less than you were getting paid five years ago.” Another senior banker admits he enjoyed his first $1m year before he was 30 – which was a realisable ambition for young analysts entering the trade a few years ago. Today, it is a long-shot. [FT via Lauren LaCapra]

If you’re an interest-rate trader, this year’s bonus will be getting to keep your job. Read more »

  • 28 Jan 2014 at 12:57 PM

Layoffs Watch ’14: Barclays

If you’re a junior mistmaker at the bank, consider passing it on to your MD that he/she might want to gird his/her loins. Read more »

  • 04 Dec 2013 at 3:03 PM

Layoffs Watch ’14: Investment Banking

Deustche Bank is out with a report today encouraging I-bankers to gird their loins. Read more »

  • 13 Jun 2013 at 12:09 PM

Layoffs Watch ’13: RBS

Stephen Hester is in good company. Read more »

As those of you keeping up with the many trials and travails of UBS know, the last couple years have been fairly brutal for investment banking chief Carsten Kengeter. Pre-tax IBD profit was down 55 percent YoY through June, employees are constantly on his ass about getting paid, the comments he made in attempt to “rally the troops” re: “slashing expenses like a Jewish shopkeeper” were totally taken the wrong way, some guy perpetrated a $2 billion fraud (which was partially to blame for CK getting passed over for the promotion he was gunning for), and to top it all off, the higher-ups accepted his offer to forgo a bonus for 2011, which he would never have put out there if he thought they’d actually go for it. And now, as a thanks for all his hard work, management is publicly mulling the idea of lightening his load and paycheck, which could not come at a worse time considering he just put a down payment on a signed first-edition copy of Mein Kampf.* Read more »