In a refreshing change from usual headlines about IT companies doling out goodies to employees, now broking houses are showering workers with increments and bonuses with the industry witnessing record gains in the last two years. Bonuses at some broking companies could range from three to seven months of salary while average increments are 15%-20%. That’s not all top performers in tech and digital roles may see salary hikes up to 30%, according to a report in Economic Times. While some companies have already announced appraisals others are in the process of doing so. Broking houses had a windfall in the last fiscal despite market volatility and stock prices coming down from all-time high levels owing to high trading volumes and profits in proprietary accounts. The report further added that brokerage with a non-banking finance company (NBFC) linkages made more profits by pushing products such as margin financing and IPO funding. Increased demand for services such as portfolio management services (PMS) and alternative investments funds (AIFs) also aided the fee-based services of broking houses. Motilal Oswal Financial Services, IIFL, 5paisa.com and Geojit all confirmed handsome payouts to employees. Sudhir Dhar, executive director and head of human resources at Motilal Oswal Financial Services told Economic Times that the last fiscal was very good for the company due to large trading volumes, which translated into good salary hikes for employees. The broking house handed an average 17% hike to employees while the average bonus was 38% and incentives earned was 50%. In contrast, average salary hike across India corporate sector is expected at 9% which marginally beats inflation.