By Lananh Nguyen
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Bonuses for Wall Street bankers are projected to plunge as much as 45% this year as business dries up.
Payouts for investment bankers who underwrite deals will probably drop 40% to 45% this year, while incentive compensation for those advising on transactions is estimated to fall 20% to 25%, according to compensation consultancy firm Johnson Associates.
"Headcount will decrease as firms scale back after increasing headcount in 2021 and into 2022," Alan Johnson, a managing director at the consultancy, wrote in a report.
U.S. banking giants reported sharp declines in their dealmaking businesses in the second quarter. But the rout in equity markets and surging volatility across financial markets sparked a flurry of client activity that boosted trading revenue.
Fixed income traders and salespeople will probably get pay bumps of 15% to 20%, while bonuses for stock traders could rise 5% to 10%, according to the report.
(Reporting by Lananh Nguyen; Editing by Sandra Maler and Daniel Wallis)