Barclays employees will share £1.2bn in bonuses regardless of a 15% drop within the financial institution’s annual earnings, having been hit by the prices of a US buying and selling blunder and more cash being put apart for a possible soar in defaults by debtors.
The financial institution revealed in its annual report on Wednesday that its employees bonus pool would go comparatively untouched, with its prime performers to share £1.2bn between themselves for his or her work in 2022. That’s down solely 3% in contrast with final yr. Together with deferred bonuses, the pool was down 8% at £1.8bn.
It follows a close to 15% drop in pre-tax earnings to £7bn for the entire of 2022. That’s in contrast with £8.2bn a yr earlier, and is decrease than analyst expectations of £7.2bn.
Barclays’ earnings have been hit, partially, by the £1.2bn it put apart for a possible enhance in defaults by clients, who’re thought of extra liable to falling behind on funds given the present financial outlook. Final yr, Barclays launched £653m from its money cushion as circumstances appeared to enhance after Covid restrictions lifted.
It was additionally knocked by £1.6bn in authorized and misconduct prices. That determine contains the prices of rectifying a buying and selling blunder that led to the sale of US securities that Barclays had not been authorised to promote. Barclays not solely needed to pay a US superb for the error but in addition had to purchase again the securities it wrongly offered.
Its chief govt, CS Venkatakrishnan, stated the financial institution “carried out strongly in 2022” however added that it was conscious of potential challenges. “We’re cautious about world financial circumstances however proceed to see progress alternatives throughout our companies by 2023.”