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Executive remuneration in FTSE 250 companies – 2020 report

2020 market data report for executive directors

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By Jane O'Reilly , Alex Lawrie , Diana Ouma and Dominic Okus | December 15, 2020

Our 2020 report of the Annual General Meeting season, plus executive director pay trends for companies in the FTSE 250.

This report provides a final update for the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) season on key pay developments this year. It also sets out an overview of executive director market data for companies in the FTSE 250.

Our report is organised into two main sections:

  1. 01

    The key headlines and trends identified from the 2020 AGM season, including:

    Who changed what?

    We examine trends in policy changes and the driving forces behind these developments.

    How did investors and proxy agencies react?

    What were the main areas of contention when it came to proxy agency recommendations and how did companies respond?

    What happened at AGMs?

    Our report looks at the change in median AGM voting out-turn and proportion of companies receiving different levels of support.

    How COVID-19 has impacted reporting in 2020, and looking forward to 2021?

    We report on how FTSE 250 companies have responded to the unprecedented period of economic and social dislocation created by COVID-19, and share some of our key findings in relation to executive pay.

  2. 02

    Analysis of market data for executive directors in FTSE 250 companies.

    This section examines market data in the following areas:

    • Salary
    • Benefits
    • Annual bonus
    • Long-term incentive plans (LTIPs)
    • Single figure compensation
    • Shareholding guidelines

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