Encouraging Employee Initiative

Globally active firm with worldwide opportunities, Investing in our people, Education and training expenses (FY2018/2019 results), Japan 2 billion 4 million yen, EMEA 2 hundred 80 million yen, Americas 6 hundred 94 million yen, AEJ 2 hundred 47 million yen, Total 3 billion 2 hundred 25 million yen, In-house training (FY2018/2019, Japan), Total no. of participants: 302,460 employees, Total no. of hours: 537,323 hours

Fundamental Approach

The Nomura Group employs a pool of professional personnel around the world who are capable of providing financial services that meet the diverse needs of its clients and whose career paths within the group and values are unique. We strive to manage our personnel in a flexible and suitable manner so that each and every one of our employees can thrive as they contribute their skills to the workplace.

In addition to providing well-developed education and training programs to support our employees' self-led skill building endeavors, we also evaluate the achievements and skills of each employee and deploy our personnel with an eye on the future career path of each individual.

In this manner, the Nomura Group is able to maximize the skills of each employee and further enhance its client services through personnel management that emphasizes diversity in the workplace.

Personnel Development

We believe that the establishment and ongoing improvement of personnel systems is important for enabling people with diverse career backgrounds and values to demonstrate their talents as part of our global business. We therefore accommodate diverse working styles and utilize a rehiring system that provides more opportunities for all employees to develop their capabilities. We also provide appropriate performance-based assessments and feedback through a merit-based system, diverse education and training programs to help all employees develop their careers.

Reviews of and Improvements in Personnel Development

Through our many internally-developed training programs, we collect participant feedback and make regular improvements to training program content to better meet employees' needs. We endeavor to provide employees with expanded capacity-building opportunities by consistently adding new training areas. To help build up expertise, we also collaborate with stakeholders such as educational institutions and NGOs in various ways, such as participating in extension programs, inviting external experts to hold personal development seminars and jointly developing training programs.

In Nomura Securities, each division appoints instructors to serve for one year to guide and train new hires and help them develop into independent-minded employees. In the Retail Division, Nomura Development Curriculum was introduced for sales staff (partners) to acquire within a prescribed period of time the skills and knowledge essential for providing services to clients in April 2019.

To make each employees development more visible, Nomura has established and utilizes a framework that brings together the necessary actions and skills to improve performance and achieve targets to clearly indicate the skills to be developed by employees and their evaluators through dialogue.

In addition to training programs for new hires, our core personnel development programs in Japan include group training programs based on years of service and job position or according to title and on-the-job training. Additionally, we have a leadership program for developing the next generation of leaders, which we offer to select employees based on their performance and potential. The sponsorship program is designed to nurture female executives for the future. For managerial-level personnel at overseas offices, the global program is conducted once a year at the headquarters in Tokyo.

To support self-driven skills development, we have also established a self-study support system that includes a wide range of external training and correspondence courses and voluntary group training on weekends at our own training facilities. Meanwhile, to develop personnel capable of playing an active role globally, we have established study-abroad programs and overseas training programs in which employees themselves determine where they go and what topics they study.

Miscellaneous Training Programs

Language Training Language training helps employees working on a global stage to hone their language abilities and strengthen their skills. Employees can choose from private, group or e-learning courses, based on their own individual learning needs and methods.
Certification Support
  • Financial Planner License
  • Securities Analyst License, etc.
  • Real Estate Notary
  • Asset Succession Planner, etc.
(Nomura Business Academy)
To enable employees to take the lead in their career development and to improve their abilities, NBA is ready as a self-study support system that includes correspondence courses, e-learning (about 300 courses), seminars, assistance for attending language school and voluntary group training programs on weekends.
Global Learning The Nomura e-learning Library enables our people to take various courses on financial markets and business skills through which they can develop a broad knowledge essential for the financial services industry.


At Nomura Group, our people are our greatest asset and we place priority on hiring exceptional talent. We focus on the capabilities of each individual candidate without regard to nationality, race, gender or other such attribute, and our hiring decisions reflect the diversity of the financial services business. We provide candidates with a sound understanding of our businesses and what to expect when working with us. We value the current abilities as well as the potential of each candidate. By placing the right people in the right roles, we ensure that people from diverse backgrounds can maximize their potential and thrive at Nomura.

The following are some of the opportunities we offer at Nomura.

New Graduates


Our internship programs offer students the opportunity to experience various areas of our business from Retail to Wholesale, and deepen their knowledge of the financial services business through mainly group work-centered activities.

In addition to learning about the financial services business, students learn about the roles and purpose of the securities industry. This helps students grow and gives them the opportunity to think about their future careers. Internships are not a consideration in our hiring decisions.

Nomura Passport

Nomura Passport is an employment program introduced in 2018 for students pursuing doctoral degrees in the fields of science and technology. Selected students are offered positions at the firm and given the option to accept the offer after they have attained their doctoral degrees. In addition, students are not obliged to work at Nomura after completing their studies.

Through this program, we are working to attract people with expertise in such areas as AI development, data science and digitalization.


We actively recruit experienced professionals (mid-career hires) throughout the year to join our team across all divisions. Each year, we welcome approximately 400 people in Japan and 1,500 people to our international offices. We also have a reemployment program for former employees who retire from the firm due to personal life events such as taking care of young children.

Nomura also focuses on hiring and developing local employees in overseas offices. For further details, please refer to the Careers page.

Proper Evaluation and Compensation

Nomura Group is establishing its status firmly as a globally competitive financial services group. To support this, we recognize that our people are our most valuable asset.

To properly evaluate performance and further the development of its personnel, the Group adopts an integrated personnel evaluation process and all employees in principle participate in this process. Employees set their goals at the beginning of each year, and these are aligned with the Group's strategy and competencies. Employees then meet with their supervisors in the middle and end of the year to have frank discussions regarding goal attainment. This approach enables the Group to evaluate its personnel fairly and identify development opportunities suited to their capabilities and competencies.

For personnel chosen from among those in managerial-level positions, the Group also provides 360-degree evaluation based on feedback from their supervisors, fellow employees, and persons under their supervision.

The Group has established its Compensation Policy for Group management and employees. This policy aims to promote the sustainable growth of the Group and continuing increases its shareholder value in the long term. It also has the objective of contributing to the value-added the Group can offer its customers and realize continued improvement in the Group's evaluation among its clients.

In Japan, Nomura Securities provides all employees an opportunity to have interviews with HR to discuss their careers basically once a year. HR advisors are also available for the staff in the Wholesale Division and some corporate divisions.

Compensation Policy of Nomura Group

The "Compensation Policy of Nomura Group" is as follows.

Nomura Group is establishing its status firmly as a globally competitive financial services group. To support this, we recognize that our people are our most valuable asset. We have therefore developed our Compensation Policy for both executives and employees of Nomura Group to ensure we attract, retain, motivate and develop talent that enables us to achieve sustainable growth, realize a long-term increase in shareholder value, deliver client excellence, compete in a global market and enhance our reputation.

Our Compensation Policy is based around six key themes:

1) Align with Nomura Values and Strategies

  • Compensation is designed to support delivery against the broader strategic aims of the Group.
  • Levels and structures of compensation reflect the needs of each business line and allow the Group to effectively compete for key talent in the market.
  • We develop our staff to support the Nomura values.

2) Reflect Firm, Division and Individual Performance

  • "Pay for Performance" is our fundamental principle to motivate and reward our key talent regardless of personal background.
  • We manage compensation on a firm-wide basis, taking into account the performance of the Group and supporting our ethos of sustainable growth, collaboration and client service. This enables us to manage strategic investments and still operate market-competitive compensation practices.
  • An individual's compensation is determined by properly reflecting the Group, division and individual performance, ensuring that it is aligned with both the business strategy and market considerations.
  • Individual compensation award decisions are underpinned by valid and rigorous performance management processes and supporting systems.

3) Establish Appropriate Performance Measurement with a Focus on Risk

  • Compensation is not determined by reference solely to revenues. Risk-adjusted profits are being emphasized in Nomura's management information and performance systems and processes.
  • In addition, qualitative factors such as cross-divisional collaboration, risk management, alignment with organizational values, and compliance are stressed when evaluating performance.
  • Performance measurement reflects the business needs, taking account of risk associated with each business. Such risk includes market, credit, operational, and liquidity risk among others.
  • In assessing and measuring risk for compensation, input and advice is received from the risk management and finance divisions.

4) Align Employee and Shareholder Interests

  • Compensation of Group executives and higher paid employees should reflect the achievement of targets which are in line with the creation of shareholder value.
  • For higher paid executives and employees, a part of their compensation is delivered in equity linked awards with appropriate vesting periods to ensure that their interests are closely aligned with those of shareholders.

5) Appropriate Compensation Structures

  • The compensation structure reflects our desire to grow and develop our talent. It is merit based, reflecting performance and is regularly reviewed to ensure its fairness.
  • For higher paid executives and employees, a significant portion of compensation is deferred, balancing short-term interests with longer-term stewardship of the Group.
  • Deferred compensation should be subject to forfeiture or "clawback" in the event of a material restatement of earnings or other significant harm to the business of Nomura.
  • The percentage of deferral increases as an employee's total compensation increases. A part of deferred compensation is delivered in mid/long-term incentive plans, such as equity linked awards with appropriate vesting periods.
  • Guarantees of bonus/compensation should be allowed only in limited circumstances such as new hiring or strategic business needs, and multi-year guarantees should not be used as a matter of course.
  • There should be no special or expensive retirement/severance guarantees for senior executives.
  • Nomura will respect all areas in which it operates and will seek to ensure pay structures reflect the needs of the organization as well as regulatory and government bodies.

6) Ensure Robust Governance and Control Processes

  • This Policy and any change hereof must be approved by Nomura Holdings' Compensation Committee, a majority of which consists of non-executive outside directors.
  • The Compensation Committee of Nomura Holdings decides individual amounts as well as compensation policy for Directors and Executive Officers of Nomura Holdings, in line with this Policy.
  • Globally, we institute a review and authorization policy for senior or high-level contracts ensuring consistency with this Policy. This is administered by Human Resources, involves Finance, Risk Management and Regional Compensation Committees and is reviewed by the Executive Managing Board.
  • Compensation for employees of risk management and compliance functions is determined independently of other business divisions.
  • The Compensation Committee uses market and specialist advisory groups to advice on appropriate compensation structures and levels as necessary.

The following table shows an outline of the Group's compensation system.

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Objectives Specific Elements
Fixed Compensation
  • Rewards individuals for their knowledge, skills, competencies and experiences
  • Reflects local labour market standards
Base salary
  • Reflects practices of local labour markets to deliver allowances as a part of fixed compensation to individuals
Housing allowances
Overtime pay
Variable Compensation
  • Rewards team and individual performances, and their contribution to results as well as the Company's strategic and future value
  • Reflects appropriate internal and market-based peer comparisons
  • Reflects broad views on compensation, including individual performances, approaches to risk, compliance and cross-divisional cooperation
Cash bonuses
Deferred compensation
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