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In this week’s blog on the results of the Global 2018 ‘Taking the Pulse of Third Party Risk Management’ Survey, we will delve into the some of the resourcing benchmarks for third party risk management.
To mix things up a little, we will also share the results of polls conducted at the CeFPro Vendor & Third Party Risk conferences in New York and London last month, where we first launched the results of the survey. This gives us some additional interesting cross-Atlantic perspectives.
For some industries, notably banking, there’s also an expectation that compensation will be commensurate with the gravitas of the role. The OCC Bulletin 2017-7 Supplemental Examination Procedures for Third Party Relationships, states: “Banks should design compensation programs to attract and retain qualified personnel, align with strategy, and appropriately balance risk-taking and reward.”
While asking for annual salary figures is sensitive, salary can also be a leading indicator of maturity. Is third party risk management a valued function/role within the organization and does its compensation reflect this?
While the majority of the 211 survey respondents chose not to answer this question, 37 did, which provides an interesting sample to reference.
Respondents were asked their total salary (base, plus any bonus/ benefits) and the currency for the salary figure. This allowed us to convert and standardize to $US. This is fairly broad-brush and does not take into account variables such as city location, years of experience etc. which all play into salary outcomes. However, it is a starting point to learn from, and potentially draw some assumptions.
The survey revealed a range from $33,745 for a risk manager in Ghana to $725,000 for a director of vendor risk management in the US. The overall average was $155,106.
If you break it down by job levels, the average for a Manager was $75,119, which interestingly fell below Analysts at $118,037, with SVP/VP/Directors sitting on an average just shy of $200,000.
The strength of the analyst salary could reflect specialized IT skills, particularly those associated with the cyber risk, information security and data privacy domains. It could also reflect advanced quantitative modeling skills – higher salaries for these skills are often seen in risk management-based teams.
In New York, 32% found them higher than expected, 60% said that they were about in line with what they expected and 9% indicated that they were lower than they expected. (n=47). In London, 21% found them higher than expected, 71% said that they were about in line with what they expected and 8% indicated that they were lower than they expected. (n=63).
An interesting issue was raised at the London event, where one of the delegates pointed out that the pool of third party risk specialists with cyber-risk expertise was small. He indicated that individuals with this skill-set tended to move from company to company, commanding higher pay with each move. This was spiraling up costs and churn associated with these roles, making them increasingly difficult to fill.
Around a third of respondents did not believe they were adequately funded across all three categories.
We asked the same question of attendees at the CeFPro events.
NEW YORK CONFERENCE AUDIENCE POLL RESULTS
Of those who did know what their budget was, almost half (49%) had budgets less than $50,000, 10% had budgets between $50,000-100,000 and 41% had budgets over $100,000.
However, there were some relatively well-funded organizations, with 20% indicating that their budgets were in excess of $1million.
When considering investments required – for technology, third party risk intelligence content as well as audit – these budgets appear low, although conceivably these expenses could fall in other budget lines across the organization, such as IT and information management.
Overall, there was some relatively good news as far as budgets were concerned, with 91% of respondents expecting budgets to increase or remain the same in the next 12 months.
Given the margin pressures that many organizations – and in particular financial services firms – remain under, this level of financial focus on TPRM underscores the importance the discipline is beginning to attain.
One third (33%) had third party risk teams of between 1-5 people, 14% had teams of 6-10, 10% had teams of 11-20, 6% had teams of 21-30, 3% had teams of 31-50 and 8% had teams of more than 50.
The survey report takes a closer look at the impact of the size of the organization and the maturity of the organization on team size.
In next week’s blog, we’ll explore some of the challenges and opportunities ahead for third party risk management – in the words of the respondents themselves.