Legal: Sector Spotlight

legal professionals looking at the 2020 salary survey

Plan for pay rises, appraisals and new hires for the year ahead with the UK's leading salary and recruitment guide. 

Developed in partnership with a market leading data provider, we assessed over 100,000 jobs posted over the last 12-months, to provide you accurate data points on UK salary ranges, averages and expectations for permanent, contract and interim positions across the UK.

Whether you're looking to attract and retain talent, or if you're looking for your next career move, we offer salary and market insights for permanent, contract and interim positions in London, Birmingham & the Midlands across the following discipline areas:

  • Paralegal
  • Newly-qualified Associate
  • In-house Lawyer
  • Professional Support Lawyer
  • Risk & Compliance Lawyer
  • Offshore
  • UK & US Private Practice
  • Document Review Specialist/Specialist Trading Documentation Negotiator

Legal sector key trends

59% of legal professionals negotiate their salary when accepting a job offer.


43% of professionals are expecting a pay rise in 2021, while 30% of employers surveyed are giving pay rises in the year ahead.  

1 in 4 legal professionals feel it is important to be part of a well-known law firm


71% of legal professionals surveyed are looking for a new position in 2021, with 57% confident about job opportunities in this sector.

Employment lawyers are expected to be in demand in 2020, with 13% year-on-year job growth witnessed across this talent hotspot.


"Job security" (57%) and "Autonomy over tasks and priorities" (43%) are the top two employee values expected in 2021 for legal professionals.

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Enhance your talent acquisition strategy

The latest market findings can help support and structure your recruitment offering and approach in 2021 to ensure you attract the best talent in the market. Candidates will be looking for benefit packages that reflect the new world of work and for a new potential employer to have a more inclusive focus on general wellbeing and a structure encompassing educational, mental and physical support as opposed to pure financial reward. Request a copy of the 2021 Salary Survey for more information on employee value expectations for the year ahead.