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New EU rules aim to limit high pay at bailed out banks


Senior executives at bailed out banks could face drastic reductions in their pay under new EU rules on state aid.

The FT reports Brussels will cap the pay of executives at 15 times the average national salary or 10 times the salary of an average worker at the bank from next month.

The EU has already capped bankers’ bonuses at two times the fixed salary under CRDIV financial stability rules.

Chancellor George Osborne privately opposed the new rules as it makes it more difficult to attract a new Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive to replace Stephen Hester.

The FT calculates that if the pay curbs were imposed in full, senior RBS staff would see their total pay including bonuses and share awards capped at about £471,000 – 15 times the UK national average salary of £31,413.


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  1. Sounds like reasonable step to make as the Government want bank rewards to be based on long term goals, so it should only affect these “leaders” for a short time AND its only applies to NEW state aid. George shouldnt worry too much about finding it difficult to replace Hester. The pool of people that will be in the market for it are likely to be from this country or Europe (any sane non EU person would steer clear of the whole of Europe in this line of business) so they are all going to be in the same boat.

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