Zenith, Access, Wema, Fidelity raise pay as FirstBank, GTBank cut salaries

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By Omoh Gabriel

Three of the nation’s 23 banks effected cuts in staff pay last year while four others increased the average pay package of its staff, according to a report compiled by Thaddeus Investment Advisors & Research Ltd.

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According to the investment firm, “We recently completed a proprietary analysis that reveals banks that are getting it right in terms of managing their workforce and those that are not.

It said that First Bank decreased its average salary per   head in 2013 by 12 per cent and improved its employee value added ranking by 5 spots relative to 2012, moving  from 9th place to 4th place. In addition, its employees scored four more points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added. Its employees also increased their productivity by three per cent despite the decreasein average salary.

GT Bankaccording to Thaddeus Investment,the toast of African fund managers decreasedits average salary per head in 2013 by 26 per cent while increasing employee count by 24 per cent and also improved its employee value added ranking by 2 spots moving from third place to first place.

In addition, its employees scored seven more points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added.  Its employees also increased their productivity by 14 per cent despite the 26 per cent decreasein average salary.

The report said that Sterling Bank, with the best dividend yield in the banking industry in 2013, maintained its last position for the second year in a row as the least paying bank in the industry on average.

The bank increased salaries on average by seven per cent, little less than average inflation in 2013 and its employees responded as the bank improved its employee value added ranking by 3 spots.

In addition, its employees scored twomore points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added. Its employees also increased their productivity by 14 per cent despite being the lowest paid in the industry and this was achieved with a seven per cent increasein average salary.

You can imagine what its employees can do with just a little bit more of motivation.

Access Bank on the other handincreasedits average employee salary by 34 per cent (despite decreasing employee count by 19 per cent and turning over most of its executive management in the same year its first CEO let go of the reins at the helms of the bank.

Access Bank lowered its employee value added ranking by five spots relative to 2012 moving from fifth to 10th place. In addition, its employees scored five less points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added. Its employees also decreased their productivity by eight per cent despite the 34 per centincrease in average salary.

Zenith Bank, another toast of Africa fund managers, increased its average salary per head by 29 per centand also lowered its employee value added ranking by fourspots relative to 2012 moving from second place to sixth place.  In addition, its employees scored five less points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added.

Its employees also decreased their productivity by 10 per cent despite the 29 per cent increasein average salary. The bank’s CEO during the period is now Governor of the Central Bank while its founding CEO is now back at the helms of the board of the bank as chairman.

According to Thaddeus, “Fidelity Bank increasedits average salary per head by 12 per cent without reducing employee count which we deem commendable and lowered its employee value added ranking by onespot relative to 2012 moving from 10th to 11th place. In addition, its employees scored four less points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added.  Its employees also decreased their productivity by 63 per cent despite the 12 per cent increasein average salary.

Wema Bank increasedits average salary per head by 32 per cent and reduced its employee count by 14 per cent simultaneously and lowered its employee value added ranking by onespot relative to 2012 moving from 12th to 13th place.

This was the highest spike in average salary per head in the Nigerian banking industry in 2013 and was overdue depending on whom you talk to. In addition, its employees scored four less points than the 2012 fiscal year when it came to value-added.

Its employees did increase their productivity level by a whopping 135 per cent as a result of the 32 per cent increase in average disposable income power.  It needs to strive to bring in higher quality people relative to the overall employee head count and we see much better days ahead for the bank. Its employees are working a lot harder as the numbers reveal.

According to the investment firm, “The overall rankings for staff-value addednot productivity is as follow, GT Bank;UBA ; Sterling Bank; First Bank; Skye Bank; Zenith Bank; FCMB; ETI and Diamond. Others are Access Bank; Fidelity Bank; Unity Bank; Wema Bank; Stanbic Bank and Union Bank

The firm noted thatNigeria’s most illiquid bank,trading perspective, Stanbic IBTC’s stock  pricehas risen 37 per cent this year thus far and 94 per cent in 2013 after a share reconstruction in the last quarter of 2012.  It has the most expensive employees on average in the Nigerian banking industry though the gap between first and second has reduced from 32 to 30 per cent. Access Bank has dethroned Union Bank from the second spot.

This is a bank that on many occasions trades less than $50,000 per dayand is now Nigeria’s fourthmost capitalised bank.  Its brokerage arm pretty much has a stronghold on the leader board of trading transaction value on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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