Incentive compensation for equities traders may climb as much as 30% while underwriters could see a 40% jump, Johnson said Thursday. Stock underwriters — who worked on a record number of special-purpose acquisition companies in the first three months of the year — are “significantly outperforming” their counterparts in debt capital markets, the consultancy said.

Mergers-and-acquisition bankers are poised to see a jump in bonuses of 15% to 20%, Johnson said. Fixed-income traders are also on track for a boost in pay. Bonuses are typically awarded after year-end and changing market conditions in coming months could alter the compensation picture.

“Combining the remarkable business recovery and with stock-market highs, financial services incentive compensation is expected to increase meaningfully for 2021,” said Alan Johnson, managing director at Johnson Associates, said in an emailed statement.

Bloomberg / May 6, 2021