Hong Kong bankers earn up to 46% more than Singapore peers

FINANCE and know-how professionals are typically higher paid in Hong Kong than in Singapore, with investment-banking analysts incomes 46 per cent greater than within the South-east Asian city-state, in response to a report from Bloomberg Intelligence.

Analysts make a mean of US$92,149 a yr in Hong Kong, in contrast with US$63,305 in Singapore, in response to a BI report printed on Wednesday.

The pattern extends to associates, who make virtually US$123,000, or 36 per cent greater than friends in Singapore, BI stated, citing figures from recruiting agency Michael Page. Executive administrators at funding banks earn about 13 per cent extra in Hong Kong.

Despite Singapore’s thriving wealth-management sector, non-public bankers there typically earn lower than their counterparts in Hong Kong. Relationship managers make virtually US$128,000, or 13 per cent greater than in Singapore.

Additionally, professionals within the tech business, starting from AI builders to knowledge and software architects, are likely to command greater salaries in Hong Kong, partly because of a scarcity of expertise, BI stated, citing a Hay Asia survey.

The wage distinction may show a bonus for struggling Hong Kong towards its long-time rival.

The dynamics between the cities have shifted up to now few years given their divergent financial performances.

Hong Kong faces challenges of grappling with capital and expertise outflows, together with a sluggish restoration in mainland China. Singapore’s economic system grew sooner than anticipated final yr, and the city-state has been attracting extra regional headquarters and household places of work, BI notes.

Beijing’s tightening management over Hong Kong has marred its attraction. In 2023, town misplaced the place because the world’s freest economic system to Singapore for the primary time over 51 years, in response to a Canadian suppose tank that cited the Chinese metropolis’s eroding judicial independence.

Both cities supply engaging earnings tax charges to lure expertise. While they’ve comparable charges for low-income earners, middle-income staff in Hong Kong might face greater efficient tax charges, starting from 6.7 per cent to 14.4 per cent, in comparison with 3.9 per cent to 12.8 per cent in Singapore. BLOOMBERG