The increase comes against the backdrop of
public and investor anger over excessive compensation and
European Union efforts to cap payments.
Bonuses were unchanged from 2012 for 21 percent of 700
professionals surveyed by financial recruitment website
eFinancialCareers, with only 18 percent of those surveyed
receiving less than a year earlier.
The majority of workers picked personal performance as the
primary factor in determining their bonus, while 19 percent said
their award related to their employer's results.
A series of banks have recently disclosed that payments are on
the rise, upsetting shareholders who believe that bonuses should
reflect company performance.
The European Union has sought to address that issue with a law
that limits bonuses to no more than a banker's fixed salary, or
twice that level with shareholder approval. It will apply to
awards from this year.
(Reporting by Clare Hutchison;
editing by David Goodman)
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