Bank boss waives bonus

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The chief executive of Barclays bank, Antony Jenkins, is to waive his bonus for last year

He said it would be wrong for him to receive a bonus, given what had been a "difficult" year for Barclays, reported Harris & Co Accountants Northampton.

It is thought Mr Jenkins was in line to receive about £1m of a potential maximum entitlement of £2.75m.

Mr Jenkins took over as chief executive last August, just as Barclays was being rocked over mis-selling scandals and other issues.

He said in a statement: "To avoid further unnecessary public debate on this matter, I wish to make clear that I concluded early this week that I do not wish to be considered for a bonus award for 2012 and I have communicated that decision to the board.

"The year just past was clearly a very difficult one for Barclays and its stakeholders, with multiple issues of our own making besetting the bank.

"I think it only right that I bear an appropriate degree of accountability for those matters and I have concluded that it would be wrong for me to receive a bonus for 2012 given those circumstances."

Mr Jenkins' total potential pay package, including pension, basic salary, and incentives, was £8.6m.

Banks are currently reviewing the size of bonuses for senior staff, and there were reports this week that Royal Bank of Scotland will set aside £250m for payments. Last year, RBS's chief executive, Stephen Hester, waived his bonus.
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Barclays hit trouble last June, when it was fined £290m by British and US regulators for attempted manipulation of Libor and Euribor interbank rates between 2005 and 2009.

The scandal sparked the resignations of three Barclays senior board members, including ex-chief executive Bob Diamond. He was replaced by Mr Jenkins, who was formerly head of retail and business banking.

Barclays has also set aside £2bn to compensate customers for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

On Friday, Barclays faced new claims that UK financial regulators were investigating the bank over money received from Qatar.

The Financial Times alleged that Barclays lent Qatar money to invest in the bank in 2008. Barclays was not immediately available for comment.

Last month, Mr Jenkins ordered all Barclays staff to sign up to a new ethical code of conduct or quit.

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