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Frankfurt more financially attractive city than London, finds research

Emolument.com has researched which would be the most attractive location for a professional relocation, should a Brexit come to pass and London bankers wish to consider opportunities on the continent.


Emolument.com has analysed 8,065 salaries for front-office banking in London, Frankfurt and Paris. While London offers higher pay than both Frankfurt and Paris, when adjusting for cost of living, Frankfurt becomes the most financially attractive city. 




Job title

Median
Salary
London

Median
Bonus
London

Total
London

Median
Salary
Frankfurt

Median
Bonus
Frankfurt

Total
Frankfurt

Median
Salary
Paris

Median
Bonus
Paris

Total
Paris

Analyst

£50,000

£7,000

£57,000

£47,500

£8,000

£55,500

£39,000

£6,000

£45,000

Associate

£75,000

£25,000

£100,000

£55,000

£16,000

£71,000

£50,000

£20,000

£70,000

VP

£110,000

£50,000

£160,000

£95,000

£39,000

£134,000

£71,000

£40,000

£111,000

Director

£160,000

£120,000

£280,000

£126,000

£56,000

£182,000

£95,000

£71,000

£166,000

MD

£230,000

£220,000

£450,000

£247,000

£170,000

£417,000

£134,000

£119,000

£253,000

Graph 1. & Table 1. Based on 8,065 entries for front office bankers in London, Frankfurt and Paris.

London offers the highest reward for front office professionals in banking. The pay gap between Paris and London widens dramatically from VP level (40%) and up to 80% for MDs. The company states that moving to Paris would entail a steep pay-cut in case of relocation, even taking into account Paris' 35% lower cost of living.


London pays associates 40% more, VPs 20% more and directors 50% more than Frankfurt. However, with London being 60% more expensive than Frankfurt, bankers would be better off living in Frankfurt.



While Frankfurt bankers out-earn their Parisian peers, they are also the least happy with their bonus. According to our data, satisfaction depends on the ratio of bonus to total compensation. Pay packages in Paris show lower base salaries than in Frankfurt but bonuses making up a larger portion of total earning, which as a results feels more satisfactory.


Alice Leguay, co-founder & COO at Emolument.com, said, “If Brexit were to occur, some banks have already announced they would be looking to relocate some of their front office activities to continental offices (such as Goldman Sachs to Paris). Until now, prestigious banking jobs were usually to be found in London; an attractive set of opportunities on the continent could however give London bankers cause to leave the UK: look out for a shift in high-end property prices in Zone 1.”

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