Big stock market investors are not doing enough to push companies to ensure bosses' pay deals reflect their long-term performance, according to one of the biggest fund managers.
WPP will face protest votes against a pay policy that could lead to its chief executive and founder, Sir Martin Sorrell, earning more than £100m in share awards over the next three years.
Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to face shareholder attacks at its annual meeting on Wednesday after paying out £3.4bn in bonuses in the past four years.
Banks across the EU have been put on notice that regulators are preparing fresh guidelines to ensure they do not breach a cap on bonuses.
Royal Bank of Scotland has handed its new finance director almost £2m in shares on his first day in the job at the bailed out bank.
Oil companies BG Group and Petrofac suffered shareholder revolts against excessive executive "golden hello" payments on Thursday.
Christopher Bailey, the fashion designer and new chief executive of Burberry, has been handed a golden hello in shares worth up to £7.6m and an annual pay package worth up to £8.1m a year, including a £440,000 cash allowance to cover clothing and other items.
HSBC is in last-minute talks with shareholders to reach a deal over its chairman's pay and head off a damaging revolt at next week's annual general meeting.
The boss of Royal Bank of Scotland warned on Friday that he was concerned he might lose key staff as a result of the government's refusal to back its bonus plans for 2014.
Ignore the explanation from Barclays for why Skip McGee, its best-known and perhaps best-paid investment banker, is hopping off.
Barclays will begin to hand out bonuses on Friday to its 140,000 staff around the world from a bonus pool expected to be bigger than last year's.
Citigroup is set to pay most of its investment bankers in Europe at least half of their bonuses in cash, as US banks push ahead with moves to hand star employees the most generous pay deals in the industry.
Goldman Sachs is devising ways to hand its highly-paid bankers a third element to pay in response to the EU's bonus cap.