Money managers of all sizes are nervous about what industry pundits say is the industry’s hottest-ever talent war.

“Money managers are very optimistic about 2022, but also are very concerned about retention and recruitment because the hiring environment is so competitive right now,” said Alan Johnson, managing partner at Johnson Associates Inc., New York, a compensation advisory firm.

“2021 was a remarkably good year and bonuses will be higher. There may be a wave of departures after 2021 bonuses are awarded in January and February,” he added.

The firm estimates that 2021 bonuses will average 15% higher than in the prior year and Mr. Johnson said managers have revised their pay scales upward to win over candidates.

Pensions & Investments / January 10, 2022