Leading Anti-Money Laundering Organization Launches First Compensation Survey for the Industry

    Survey to Collect Data from Professionals in Financial Institutions, Law
    Enforcement and Regulatory Agencies Worldwide

    MIAMI, Aug. 22 /CNW/ -- The Association of Certified Anti-Money
Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the premier membership organization for AML
professionals, today launched the first salary survey designed specifically
for the AML/CFT (combating the financing of terrorism) industry. Administered
through an independent, third-party research firm, the "2007 AML/CFT
Compensation Survey" was released today to specialists in law enforcement,
financial institutions, and government regulatory agencies worldwide. The
survey's results report is expected in October 2007.
    In an industry with thousands of specialists around the world, a primary
goal of the survey is to collect and analyze salary data from a comprehensive
range of public and private sector employees in the AML/CFT field at every
level. Participants in the survey will range from professionals in community
banks to executives at global financial institutions, as well as
representatives from law enforcement and in regulatory agencies on six
    "As an instrumental global AML resource center, ACAMS is spearheading the
effort to train and support professionals in the face of increasing demand for
AML specialists," says Gregory Calpakis, Executive Director for ACAMS. "The
compensation survey will be a valuable tool for the field's rapidly growing
number of practitioners, who have long awaited this kind of aggregated,
comprehensive information."
    As members of a highly specialized, yet geographically diffused,
discipline, AML/CFT professionals have found it challenging to accurately
gauge their compensation relative to that of their peers. It has been equally
difficult for employers to determine compensation for their AML/CFT employees,
with a vast range of experience and education represented in this rapidly
growing field.
    The survey questions progressively drill down to the various titles and
responsibilities in the AML and compliance field. An in-depth, comparative
analysis of job title, years of experience, certification, skill set, level in
an organization, and type of business will serve as a useful barometer for
professionals in different geographic regions and help differentiate between
public and private sector job compensation.
    To ensure the integrity of the survey, ACAMS has contracted The Dihedral
Group to administer the survey, and to collect, assess, and analyze individual
responses. Survey results will be published only in aggregate, with individual
responses being consolidated to ensure complete confidentiality.
    To view and/or take the survey, go to http://www.acams.org.
    ACAMS is an international membership organization dedicated to enhancing
the knowledge and skills of AML professionals around the globe. It serves as a
uniquely valuable resource for thousands of members from more than 100
countries, promoting year-round support to develop and sharpen the skills
required for superior job performance and career advancement. Its CAMS
certification is the most widely recognized AML certification among compliance
professionals worldwide.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Michaels of ACAMS, +1-305-373-0020
Ext.  3061 Web Site: http://www.acams.org/

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