In a report, IDFC Institutional Securities said SBIís average employee salary has risen 47% over FY11 (after the impact of pay hikes), while its better performing private sector peer ICICI Bankís average salary has declined 22% over the same period.
The report added that most of the sharp increase in employee costs for PSU banks has come after a hike in compensation levels in FY11 and also because part of employee compensation for PSU banks is directly linked to inflation indices.
For the three months ended December 31, 2013, SBIís total payment to employees at Rs 4,512 crore was up 25.05% from R3,608 crore in the same period last year. SBI had reported net profit of Rs 2,234.34 crore for the quarter ended December 31, down 34% from a year ago, on higher bad loans and increased provisioning. The bank saw provisions worth Rs 3,429 crore for non-performing assets (NPAs) during the quarter, up 24% from a year ago.
ďWhile ICICI has clearly been tightening its belt, SBIís salaries are to some extent indirectly linked to inflation in the domestic economy, preserving the employeeís purchasing power over the longer term,Ē the report said.
A part of SBIís salaries are in the form of long-term retiral benefits and, therefore, are not a part of take-home salaries. Retiral benefits were close to 22% of SBIís employee costs in April-January period of fiscal 2014.