St James's Place saw 317 financial advisers join the firm in the twelve months to the end of December 2019, predominantly through its recruitment and academy programmes.
The UK's largest wealth manager St James's Place had 4,271 advisers at the end of December 2019, compared with 3,954 at the end of December 2018.
The company's chief executive Andrew Croft, said the recruitment and academy programmes it runs were behind the increase.
Most people inside SJP would say they didn’t recognise how we were being portrayed"
The FTSE 100 giant's army of advisers brought in £2.4bn more from clients from September to December, down from £2.6bn last time but still better than the market expected. Total funds under management hit nearly £117bn.
Even after stories about staff incentive schemes at the firm, not to mention the 2019 general election, the retention rate for its funds rose from 95.9% to 96%.
Gross inflows of funds to wealth manager St James's Place were £3.98bn - up from £3.95bn for the same times last year - with closing funds under management also up on the fourth quarter of 2018 from £95.55bn to £116.99bn
SJP chief executive Andrew Croft describes the figures as "robust" against a backdrop of continued "macro-economic and political uncertainty".
He said: "Our advisers continued to work hard in supporting clients through a difficult environment, resulting in strong retention of client investments throughout the year and again demonstrating the resilience of our business.
"This contributed to net inflows of £2.44bn in the final quarter and £8.99bn for the 12 months, equivalent to some 9% of opening funds under management. When combined with the impact of positive investment returns, this resulted in closing funds under management of a record £117bn, up 22%since the beginning of the year."
Regarding the scandal over staff incentive schemes, Croft told the Evening Standard: "It would be naive to say that negative coverage can be positive for the business but the numbers show we've knuckled down and continued to look after our clients. Most people inside SJP would say they didn't recognise how we were being portrayed."