Top firm's average compensation per employee said highest since 2008

Good news if you are working over at this firm.

Jefferies Group’s average compensation is the highest since the financial crisis.

Bloomberg News reports that the New York-based investment bank owned by Leucadia National Corp. set aside $1.83 billion for employee pay during its fiscal year ended November 30th, according to a Tuesday statement.

Divided among 3,450 employees, the average works out to $530,173 - which is the most since 2008. 

Rich Handler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Friedman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, commented: “We are pleased that Jefferies' 2017 net revenues and net income represent the best results in our 55-year history. Our strategy of prioritizing expansion of our investment banking effort continues to succeed and should yield further growth over the next several years. The competitive landscape continues to provide opportunities for Jefferies to grow further by leveraging the unique blend of our non-bank Wall Street culture and business model, deep and broad sectoral expertise, and global geographic reach in investment banking, equity and fixed income trading, and research. We enter 2018 with strong momentum throughout our Company.”

“Our fourth quarter performance was driven by $529 million in Investment Banking net revenues. These quarterly record Investment Banking results reflect solid contributions from equity and debt capital markets, strong performance in our merger and acquisition advisory business, and broad participation across our industry groups and regional efforts. Our Equities net revenues of $194 million were solid, while our Fixed Income net revenues of $95 million are reflective of a period of lighter volumes, particularly in November, and narrower bid - offer spreads.”

 “We would like to express our sincere thanks to our 3,450 employee-partners around the globe for their commitment, hard work, loyalty, integrity and dedication in serving our clients and Leucadia's shareholders.”

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