2016 Legal Salary Survey and Benefits Guide

Sharon O'Donnell - 12/01/2016
Salary Survey & Benefits Guide 2016

A look at legal salary ranges for professionals working within the Ireland legal sector in 2016.

Legal recruitment in 2015 saw a steady increase in new jobs as firms continued to build on the incremental growth of confidence in the commercial and corporate market. Small to medium-sized companies have tended to focus on recruiting traditional legal secretaries who are have strong typing skills and experience of document management. This talent pool tends to be very loyal to their firms. If companies have remained trading through the recession and subsequent years, legal professionals are often reluctant to leave their present employer and are unlikely to be attracted even by a substantial salary hike.

Many of the larger firms have already outsourced much of their typing and document management, and are now recruiting PAs who offer advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills, can manage multiple partners’ diaries and travel arrangements and are generally more client-facing. These job seekers are more highly motivated by salary. Demand for corporate legal PAs is especially strong.

Salaries and benefits, even at the larger law firms, are lagging behind those in other sectors such as accountancy practices and this means that employers will need to adjust their salary levels if they are to attract and retain the more financially motivated and better qualified job seeker, in particular legal PAs and junior legal secretaries.

Legal (Office Support) | Permanent

Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
 
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant (Small to Medium Practice) 0 - 3 21,000 - 28,000 21,000 - 28,000 23,000 - 27,000 20,000 - 26,000
3 - 5 28,000 - 35,000 28,000 - 35,000 27,000 - 32,000 26,000 - 30,000
5+ 35,000 - 42,000 35,000 - 42,000 32,000 - 40,000 30,000 - 35,000
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant (Large Practice) 0 - 3 24,000 - 32,000 24,000 - 32,000 23,000 - 30,000 22,000 - 25,000
3 - 5 32,000 - 38,000 32,000 - 38,000 30,000 - 36.000 25,000 - 30,000
5+ 38,000 - 48,000 38,000 - 48,000 36,000 - 40,000 30,000 - 35,000
Legal Executive 0 - 3 23,000 - 30,000 23,000 - 30,000 22,000 - 26,000 22,000 - 26,000
3 - 5 30,000 - 40,000 30,000 - 40,000 26,000 - 35,000 26,000 - 35,000
5+ 40,000 - 47,000 40,000 - 47,000 35,000 - 45,000 35,000 - 45,000
Paralegal 0 - 3 23,000 - 30,000 23,000 - 30,000 21,000 - 26,000 21,000 - 26,000
3 - 5 30,000 - 40,000 30,000 - 40,000 26,000 - 35,000 26,000 - 36,000
5+ 40,000 - 47,000 40,000 - 47,000 35,000 - 40,000 36,000 - 48,000
Legal Contracts Manager 0 - 3 30,000 - 35,000 28,000 - 32,000 28,000 - 32,000 28,000 - 32,000
3 - 5 35,000 - 40,000 32,000 - 35,000 30,000 - 35,000 30,000 - 35,000
5+ 40,000 - 50,000 35,000 - 40,000 33,000 - 40,000 33,000 - 40,000
Legal Contracts Administrator 0 - 3 23,000 - 28,000 23,000 - 28,000 22,000 - 26,000 22,000 - 26,000
3 - 5 28,000 - 32,000 28,000 - 32,000 26,000 - 32,000 26,000 - 32,000
5+ 32,000 - 38,000 32,000 - 38,000 30,000 - 36,000 30,000 - 36,000
Trainee Company Secretary 0 - 3 24,000 - 28,000 24,000 - 26,000 22,000 - 25,000 22,000 - 25,000
Graduate Company Secretary 0 - 3 28,000 - 35,000 26,000 - 30,000 25,000-30,000 25,000-30,000

Legal (Office Support) | Contract

Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
 
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant (Small to Medium Practice) 0 - 3 11 - 14 11 - 14 8 - 12 8 - 12
3 - 5 14 - 16 14 - 16 12 - 15 12 - 15
5+ 16 - 18 16 - 18 15 - 20 15 - 20
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant (Large Practice) 0 - 3 12 - 15 12 - 15 10 - 12 10 - 12
3 - 5 15 - 17 15 - 17 12 - 15 12 - 15
5+ 17 - 20 17 - 20 15 - 20 15 - 20
Legal Executive 0 - 3 13 - 17 13 - 16 13 - 15 13 - 15
3 - 5 17 - 22 15 - 19 15 - 18 15 - 18
5+ 22 - 26 19 - 23 18 - 22 18 - 22
Paralegal 0 - 3 13 - 17 13 - 16 13 - 15 13 - 15
3 - 5 17 - 22 15 - 19 15 - 19 15 - 19
5+ 22 - 26 19 - 23 19 - 23 19 - 23
Legal Contracts Manager 0 - 3 17 - 19 14 - 16 14 - 16 14 - 16
3 - 5 19 - 22 16 - 18 16 - 18 16 - 18
5+ 22 - 28 18 - 20 18 - 20 18 - 20
Legal Contracts Administrator 0 - 3 13 - 15 12 - 14 11 - 14 11 - 14
3 - 5 15 - 18 14 - 16 14 - 16 14 - 16
5+ 18 - 21 15 - 18 15 - 18 15 - 18
Trainee Company Secretary 0 - 3 13 - 16 12 - 13 11 - 13 11 - 13
Graduate Company Secretary 0 - 3 16 - 19 13 - 15 13 - 15 13 - 15

Typical range of benefits for Legal professionals:

Benefit Type Management Non Management
Pension 5% - 8% employer contribution 0% - 5% employer contribution
Healthcare Cover includes spouse and dependents for senior positions Employee cover only for lower to mid level
Bonus up to 20% up to 10%
Annual Leave 21 - 27 days 20 - 22 days
Other Onsite canteen, travel tax scheme, Parking, Travel expenses, Educational assistant/development programmes, employee discount scheme, gym membership, volunteer days Parking, Canteen, travel tax scheme, bike to work scheme, gym membership, Volunteer days
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