Your own priorities will dictate what is most important to you. Ultimately our advice would be to consider all elements of a role not just the benefits and the salary. Areas that you should take into account include the technical skills, professional development support, career path, firm reputation, team and clients.
If you are inclined to consider benefits, often those that our lawyers find useful (depending on level of experience) are the standard technological tools such as a BlackBerry, laptop, mobile phone, as well as those business development based incentives such as client referral fees and performance based fees.
Others prefer lifestyle benefits such as flexible working practices (working from home, flexible hours) as well as additional leave without pay and emergency child care. The final category would be career development such as management training, study fees, secondments and travel.
Ultimately the choice is yours and dependent on the options available to you at your place of employment.
With Megan Drysdale, senior consultant, private practice at Mahlab Recruitment
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