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Banking & Financial Services Market Insights Q1 2017

Across the Banking & Financial Services market, we saw a slight slowdown in permanent hiring in Q4 2016, which is typical for last quarters across the years. In contrast, the temporary staffing and contracting market remained extremely buoyant. Over the last few months of 2016, organisations have looked into creating interim positions to deliver business change projects driven by regulatory implementations.

Corporate Governance continued to be one of the hotspots of hiring. We have seen, in recent years, that permanent talent acquisition has largely focused on talent-short, high-demand areas such as Financial Crime, Compliance Monitoring, KYC & COB, Credit Risk, Market Risk, Internal & IT Audit, and other Corporate Governance areas.

In 2016, there has been a continual need for talent within the front office space, for Corporate as well as Private & Priority Banking. Financial organisations also had pockets of hiring for positions in Banking Operations, with most of these being replacement roles. We also saw hiring activity for Finance & Accounting professionals within specialisations such as Capital Management & Liquidity and Financial Planning & Analysis.​

Talent outlook for 2017

The current market is plagued with uncertainties due to recent developments in political and economic landscapes around the world, but we see a positive hiring outlook for Q1 2017. 

We expect hiring activity to pick up in early January 2017, and in the months ahead, there will be a recurring trend where professionals from specialised areas such as Corporate Governance are highly sought after, and we will continue to see shallow talent pools for these areas.

Also, the upward trend in contract hiring will continue into 2017 as the banks are buying into the benefits of having a more flexible workforce. 

Banking & Financial Services
Salary Report for Q1 2017*

Job title Years of experience Annual salary range (S$)
Audit / Internal Control
Head of Audit / Internal Control / Operational Risk 15+ 280K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 180K–250K
Vice President 12–15 140K–200K
Assistant Vice President 7–12 80K–145K
Analyst / Associate 1–8 45K–90K

Compliance
Head of Compliance 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 180K–250K
Vice President 12–15 130K–200K
Assistant Vice President 7–12 80K–130K
Senior Associate 3–7 60K–90K
Compliance Officer / Analyst 1–3 40K–80K

Credit Risk
Head of Credit Risk 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 12+ 160K–250K
Vice President 10–12 130K–160K
Assistant Vice President 6–10 85K–130K
Associate 3–5 60K–90K
Analyst 1–3 45K–65K

Market Risk
Head of Market Risk 15+ 300K+
Senior Vice President 12+ 180K–280K
Vice President 10–12 140K–180K
Assistant Vice President 6–10 85K–140K
Associate 3–5 60K–90K
Analyst 1–3 45K–65K

Operational Risk
Head of Operational Risk 15+ 280K+
Senior Vice President 12+ 180K–280K
Vice President 10–12 120K–180K
Assistant Vice President 6–10 70K–120K
Associate 3–5 50K–70K
Analyst 1–3 40K–50K

CFO
Regional Chief Financial Officer 15+ 330K–500K
Country Chief Financial Officer 12+ 210K–330K

Management Reporting / Financial Planning & Analysis
Head of Management Reporting 15+ 300K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 200K–280K
Vice President 12–15 140K–200K
Assistant Vice President 7–12 80K–140K
Management Accountant 3–6 60K–90K
Junior Accountant / Analyst 1–3 40K–60K

Regulatory Reporting / Financial Accounting
Regional Financial Controller 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 180K–220K
Vice President 12–15 150K–180K
Assistant Vice President 7–12 80K–150K
Accountant 3–6 60K–90K
Junior Accountant 1–3 45K–70K

Product Control
Head of Product Control 15+ 280K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 200K–280K
Vice President 10–15 130K–200K
Assistant Vice President 6–12 85K–130K
Associate 3–6 60K–90K
Analyst 1 – 3 40K–60K

Tax
Head of Tax (large bank) 15+ 220K–300K
Head of Tax (small bank) 12–15 180K–280K
Senior Vice President 15+ 180K–220K
Vice President 12–15+ 140K–180K
Assistant Vice President 7–12 80K–140K
Tax Accountant 3–7 50K–80K

Operations
Head of Operations 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 12+ 180K–250K
Vice President 12–15 140K–180K
Assistant Vice President 7–10 80K–140K
Associate 3–7 60K–80K
Analyst 1–3 40K–60K

Middle Office 
Head of Middle Office 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 180K–250K
Vice President 12–15 140K–180K
Assistant Vice President 7–10 80K–140K
Associate 3–7 60K–80K
Analyst 1 – 3 40K–60K

Client Services
Head of Client Services 15+ 250K+
Senior Vice President 12+ 180K–250K
Vice President 12–15 140K–180K
Assistant Vice President 7–10 80K–140K
Associate 3–7 60K–80K
Analyst 1–3 40K–60K

Project Management
Head of Project Management 15+ 280K+
Senior Vice President 15+ 200K–250K
Vice President 12–15 150K–200K
Assistant Vice President 7–10 80K–150K
Associate 3–7 60K–80K
Analyst 1–3 45K–60K

Soft Commodity Trader 
Head of Trading 15+ 250K+
Senior Trader 8–15 150K–250K
Trader  3–8 70K–150K
Assistant Trader  1–3 40K–70K

Hard Commodity Trader 
Head of Trading 15+ 300K+
Senior Trader 8–15 180K–300K
Trader  3–8 90K–180K
Assistant Trader  1–3 45K–90K

Commodity Middle Office 
Head of Middle Office 10 150K+
Senior Middle Officer 5–10 100K–150K
Middle Officer 1–5 45K–100K

Commodity Operations 
Head of Operations 15+ 120K+
Senior Operations Executive 10–15 70K–120K
Operations Executive 4–10 50K–70K
Operations Officer 1–3 40K–50K

Chartering 
Head of Chartering  12+ 200K+
Senior Charterer  5–12 150K–200K
Charterer  3–5 80K–150K

 


​*Notes about salary table:

  1. Titles and levels vary from organisation to organisation.
  2. The salary ranges given are only approximate guides. For tailored salary advice, please contact us directly.
  3. 12-month base salaries are assumed.
  4. All other benefits and bonuses are in addition to these figures.
  5. Bonus ranges can vary significantly from company to company and will be influenced by market conditions, business and individual performances. Bonus ranges from 1 month at the low end to 100%+ at the upper.
  6. Holiday entitlements range from 1225 days with senior executives not usually receiving less than 18 days. Less than 15 is very rare and 20 days is becoming the norm.
  7. Healthcare policies are standard.
  8. Pension plans vary with some companies offering greater than the standard contribution. Top up schemes can increase employer contribution levels as much as 1520% of the base salary for senior executives.