Determinants of CEO compensation in the FTSE100 constituent firms

Tasawar Nawaz, Aoxing Pang

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The main objective of this paper is to examine the determinants of CEO compensation in the UK public listed companies. Our analysis, based on the sample drawn from the FTSE100 constituent firms, suggest that firm financial performance measured by return of assets (ROA), influence CEO compensation with the impact being most pronounced for the CEO total compensation. Results further suggest that corporate governance characteristics such as board size and CEO role duality have direct implications for CEO compensation. These attributes, however, differentially determine the various components of CEO compensation. Although the results of this research help to elucidate the importance of corporate outcomes, board attributes and CEO traits in explaining the determinants of CEO compensation in the UK public listed companies, these findings have important economic implications for the corporate sector, regulators, investors, market analysts, academics and the public, which extend beyond the UK market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-436
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Business Governance and Ethics
Issue number4
Early online date14 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

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