This week saw 103 financial advisers leave the industry driving down the total number of advisers to 19,850, according to data.
Wealth Data’s (formerly HFS Consulting) latest analysis of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Financial Adviser Register (FAR) found the week’s adviser movements were dominated by IOOF finalising its acquisition of MLC Wealth and its advisers.
At the same time, the number of adviser roles fell by 107 to 20,199 and this was driven by IOOF which reported a loss of 64 adviser roles, based on the combined number of advisers at MLC and IOOF last week.
However, Wealth Data’s director Colin Williams explained that many of these roles were non-client facing and therefore might have not have necessarily lost their jobs as their roles may have been reclassified.
“However, quite a few advisers have left and are appearing at other licensees,” he said.
IOOF was followed this week by AMP and Easton Group which were down 19 and 10 roles, respectively. Also, 43 licensee owners reported net losses for 155 adviser roles.
Another significant development this week was the ongoing race between the two largest licensee owners, AMP Group and IOOF, which now fully owns MLC. IOOF was well positioned to overtake its rival as it had almost 50 more adviser roles (1,470) than AMP which was sitting at 1,424.
Earlier this week, Money Management reported that with the acquisition of 406 advisers brought from MLC, IOOF expected to boost its total numbers of advisers to around 1,500.
This was further in line with Wealth Data’s estimate which indicated that the gap between AMP and IOOF could have been even closer given AMP’s additional loss of 19 adviser roles this week.
By comparison, in September 2020 when IOOF first announced the proposed deal with MLC, the combined IOOF/MLC had 1,964 advisers and AMP had 1,824, a variance of 140.
Counting year-to-date, the new IOOF was down 346 adviser roles, while AMP, NTAA-owned SMSF Advisers Network, and Easton Group saw a departure of 167, 67 and 64 roles, respectively.
Source: Wealth Data