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UBS reaps the benefit of its big salary increase

UBS is hiring in equity sales. And not only is it hiring, it has actually hired – no fewer than two executive directors in equity sales from Morgan Stanley and Citigroup.

How did it manage to achieve this, given ongoing doubts over the strategy for its investment bank and expectations of a second quarter loss?

It undoubtedly helps that UBS remains the leader in European equities trading, and the equities remain an area of focus for it.

However, recruiters say UBS is also rendered appealing by its newly inflated salaries.

"Together with Morgan Stanley, they’ve raised base pay the most," says one equities headhunter.

He adds: "They’re paying £300k for an MD, and £150k for a director. That in itself is attractive. They’re also writing guarantees."

Another equities headhunter says UBS has increased pay for some MDs in equities to £330k in an attempt to prevent poaching by the likes of BarCap.

Comments (6)

  1. “180-210k for a VP-level hire and 150k for a director?” – I thought a director was more senior than a VP? Hmmm let me go and ask my boss (director) if I am being short changed???

  2. i heard some banks are paying 400k for MD and 200k for director. im an associate and im already on 120k!!!!!!

  3. the one sure thing about these salaries is that they won’t last long. Make hay…

  4. ubs pays 150 for associate directors (vp in other banks)

  5. well well well….the iressponsible remuneration culture continues

  6. Is UBS the new GS?

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