find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Salary increases in sight

Salary increases in sight

Legal salaries are expected to increase by three to five per cent, according to the annual Hays Salary Guide released last week.Signalling an optimistic year ahead for the legal industry, the…

Legal salaries are expected to increase by three to five per cent, according to the annual Hays Salary Guide released last week.

Signalling an optimistic year ahead for the legal industry, the Hays Salary Guide says salaries are holding steady with increases on the horizon.

According to the report, hiring intentions are up, with 45 per cent of employers expected to increase their permanent headcount overall, compared to only 21 per cent last year.

Also this year, 22 per cent of employers intend to increase their use of temporary staff, compared to 14 per cent last year.

"The Hays Salary Guide shows that for the most part salaries remained constant during the past year. Employers had more control of salaries and candidates were more focused on job security than salary," said director of Hays Legal, Darren Buchanan.

"But by late 2009 the market significantly improved and demand for lawyers increased across the board. Today, quality candidates are in a much stronger position than they were one year ago. From top tier to small firms, private practice as well as in-house and government, all are recruiting again," he said. "Add the new optimism that is evident in the market and employers' own prediction that their recruiting needs will rise and we have a very different picture to this time last year.

"As a result we expect salaries to increase by around three to five per cent moving forward. Those lawyers whose salaries have been stagnant for a long period of time are likely to receive a larger salary increase."

Despite the expected increase in salaries, Buchanan warned job­seekers not to expect an auto­matic increase.

"We still advise jobseekers to focus on finding a role that will add to your suite of skills and offer an opportunity with the right organi­sation. Don't price yourself out of contention with over-inflated salary expectations.

"If you are realistic in your expectations, show how you can add value and take the advice of a recruiting expert, a salary increase is likely to follow over the coming year in line with the market's recovery and renewed optimism," he said.

The Hays Salary Guide is avail­able at www.hays.com.au/salary

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Salary increases in sight
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
protest
06:05
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Blocked
06:04
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Warning
06:03
Lawyers warn against mandatory sentencing measures amid political jeers
Mandatory sentencing has become a topic for politicians on both sides of Federal Parliament to jostl...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...