Salary survey reveals renewed confidence for legal jobs market

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Legal recruitment specialists Sellick Partnership have released the 2013 legal salary survey, which reveals the significant changes in the legal sector over the last 18 months.

A new legal salary survey for 2013 reveals significant changes in the legal sector over the last 18 months and has led to a renewed confidence amongst employers and candidates alike.

Legal recruitment specialist, Sellick Partnership has released the latest findings from their 2013 salary survey for the legal sector, with firms predicting an increase in salaries as the competition for talent grows across the North West.

However, in contrast, the data identified that the priorities of legal professionals has changed over the years, with the demand for hard cash no longer being the main priority for job seekers. Across the region, the survey showed an overwhelming 61 per cent of candidates consider annual leave as the most important benefit, while flexible benefits (11 per cent) are considered a priority over annual bonuses (6 per cent).

With a number of mergers taking place across the region, many firms in Manchester have reasserted themselves as profitable entities as partners have added to their streamlined teams with quality appointments. However, the research highlights the importance of firms reviewing their remuneration packages to ensure that they are in the position to attract the best talent and meet the changing demands of the legal professional.

According to the survey, 34 per cent of respondents in the North West revealed that they had received a pay rise in the past year, the highest out of any of the regions, with 24 per cent of firms confirmed they are looking to recruit in the next six months and 48 per cent within 12 months.                
Amy Bullock, Manager, Private Practice division, commented, “The economic downturn has significantly changed the overall legal picture, and lawyers have been forced to sharpen their focus on business management, and the more commercial side of their role.

“The job outlook certainly looks promising for the year ahead, with new technology and social interaction allowing the opportunity to advance recruitment strategies, although the recruitment activity figures prove firms remain cautious even with the introduction of greater competition for talent. However, we have already seen evidence that candidates with highly sought-after skills may find themselves with multiple job offers as employers fight to secure the best talent.

“Retention and engagement with staff is now key for employers as the drive for talent is pushing firms to nurture and develop existing employees in order to hold on to key personnel."

The information in the survey has been gathered from over 500 respondents, as well as data from our extensive database of candidates.

Established in 2002, Sellick Partnership provides legal and financial recruitment solutions within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Visit for more information.

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