Late Lunchtime Links: Goldman Sachs cuts less than 1% of staff, keeps pay high

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There's a lot to be said for working at Goldman Sachs, not least the fact that you have a good chance of keeping your job. The bank's first quarter results - out today, reveal that a mere 400 staff have been trimmed from Goldman over the past year, equivalent to less than 1% of the total. Nor is the bank showing any signs of cutting pay: at $136k per head for the first three months of 2013, pay is currently on a par with 2012.

Lloyd Blankfein said today that Goldman is, "very focused on controlling costs." However, the emphasis appears to be on controlling rather than cutting. This puts Goldman at odds with rivals like JPMorgan, which are in the middle of big cost reduction programmes. 

Goldman's first quarter results painted a rosy picture for Goldman's equity capital markets and debt capital markets bankers (revenues were up 53% year-on-year in ECM and 69% year-on-year in DCM) and a less rosy picture for Goldman's rates traders and equity derivatives bankers (both areas were mentioned as having declining revenues.)


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