Talent poaching season is coming, but only the select few will benefit
Has Wall Street fired itself out yet? Probably not, but the job market appears to be incrementally improving, at least for the crème de la crème. For the first time in years, big banks are genuinely worried that rivals are going to poach their top talent.
Financial News is reporting that competition for talent has become a legitimate concern for some on Wall Street. Fears have been stoked to the point that executives have begun discussing this year’s bonus pool, knowing that most hiring would likely occur in the New Year after bankers cash their bonus check. Bank of America, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Barclays are all expected to make strategic hires in the coming months.
While the report is good news for some, it also shines light on a two noticeable trends. More than ever before, big banks are taking care of their top talent, allowing more middling employees to struggle. While banks have been discussing bonus plans as part of their retention strategy, the overall bonus pool is actually expected to decrease this year. This means rock stars will get theirs while the rest will likely see a healthy cut in compensation.
In addition, the news highlights the fact that most banks are ideally looking to hire people who are already employed. With fewer seats available and the talent pool bigger than ever, banks are going after the guy, not a guy. If you’ve been out a year, the environment appears no better.
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