A study by recruitment website eFinancialCareers.com showed that the average bonus for UK workers within the financial services industry is to rise by five per cent.
In the US, where the survey was also carried out, the average bonus was expected to fall by five per cent.
Front office staff who responded to the survey said they expected an average bonus of more than Â£84,000 while decision makers and deal makers anticipate receiving a higher figure.
James Bennett, director at eFinancialCareers.com, said: "Retention of key staff is going to be a dominant theme during 2011 as financial institutions tackle the challenge of meeting compensation guidelines set by regulators and the earnings expectations of employees.â
Bonuses are a current topic of debate, particularly in the UK where politicians have argued over how to restrain pay outs as the government looks to introduce cuts to public spending.
David Cameron, British prime minister, said it would be wrong to financially penalise the banks too much, as the UKâs economic recovery is also dependent on the sectorâs performance.
By Jim Ottewill