12 jobs with the highest increase in pay in 2016

Bankers? Techies? Consultants? Who has seen their salary increase the most in 2016?

With banks getting further into the financial technology space and competing with technology firms, new global operations and a constant transformation of the economic landscape, compensation has been affected in each field.

We have analysed 15,691 entries in London for 2015 and 2016 to provide an overview of the global trends. We found that competition for skilled Digital Marketing employees has resulted in Managers making 37% more. Unexpectedly (but justifiably), Human Resources and Research employees make it to our list for 2016. IT salaries continue to rise.

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Activity Title Total Comp 2015 Total Comp 2016 Increase
Marketing & Communications Manager 51,000 70,000 37%
Corporate Banking Associate 60,000 82,000 37%
Human Resources Manager 61,000 80,000 31%
Business Development Senior Manager 104,000 136,000 31%
C# Developer Developer 44,000 54,000 23%
Research (Buy-Side) VP 37,000 45,000 22%
Programme & Project Management Senior Manager 93,000 110,000 18%
Trading (Banking) VP 160,000 189,000 18%
Fund & Portfolio Managers (Buy-Side) VP 113,000 133,000 18%
Research (Banking) VP 150,000 168,000 12%
Java Developer Developer 52,000 58,000 12%
Finance Control & Strategy Manager 76,000 82,000 8%

Let's Get Digital

Marketing & Communications come first in our list with a staggering increase of 37% to their total compensation which reflects an ever-increasing demand for talent and experienced managers.

HR to the rescue

With intense innovating and disrupting activity in the HR sectors, companies find themselves expanding their HR departments and demanding new skills such as managing applications, data outputs from real-time gathering tools. HR managers are expanding their skill sets and are in high demand to help companies adapt their culture and management style to millennials and Gen Y.

Always do your research

Research employees both in Banking and the Financial Buy-Side have seen their remuneration increase this year by 12% and 22% respectively. Banks and Funds seeking to beat competition by innovative investments, make research more relevant than ever while the sell-side need to back their trading decisions and macro views with solid research papers.

The case of IT

Technology firms competing with Banks for the top talent in IT are pushing remuneration up. The 12% increase in total compensation for Java developers might seem way below the 23% increase for C# developers. Java developers however were already enjoying high rewards compared to their C# colleagues who are now catching up!

Have you got IT?

Despite high-delta remuneration, finance jobs are not topping our table. Instead, professionals in sectors emerging as game changers such as IT and Digital Marketing are hot property and those with some experience command fast-increasing pay packages. With the financial sector making a huge push to develop their Fintech services, we expect to see IT climb even faster in the coming years.


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