Salary Guide 2017: Legal (Office Support)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A look at legal salary ranges for professionals working within the Ireland legal sector in 2017.

Legal recruitment in 2016 saw steadily increasing growth, with an upturn in the permanent opportunities available a reflection of this positive upturn. Across the top 10 legal firms there was an increased demand in experienced legal secretaries, particularly within corporate, banking, property and litigation, with many of the larger firms requiring a minimum level of 2/3 years’ specific experience.

Legal (Office Support) Salary Guide

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant
(Small to Medium Practice)
0 - 3 23k - 28k 23k - 28k 23k - 27k 20k - 24k
3 - 5 28k - 35k 28k - 35k 27k - 32k 26k - 30k
5+ 35k - 42k 35k - 40k 33k - 40k 30k - 35k
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant
(Large Practice)
0 - 3 25k - 32k 24k - 29k 23k - 28k 22k - 26k
3 - 5 32k - 38k 29k - 36k 29k - 36k 25k - 30k
5+ 38k - 48k 36k - 42k 36k - 42k 36k - 42k
Legal Executive 0 - 3 25k - 30k 23k - 29k 22k - 26k 22k - 26k
3 - 5 30k - 40k 29k - 38k 26k - 35k 26k - 35k
5+ 40k - 48k 38k - 46k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
Paralegal 0 - 3 25k - 30k 24k - 28k 21k - 26k 21k - 26k
3 - 5 30k - 40k 28k - 38k 26k - 35k 26k - 36k
5+ 40k - 48k 38k - 48k 35k - 40k 36k - 48k
Legal Contracts Manager 0 - 3 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 28k - 32k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k
5+ 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
Legal Contracts Administrator 0 - 3 25k - 28k 23k - 28k 22k - 26k 22k - 26k
3 - 5 28k - 32k 28k - 32k 26k - 32k 26k - 32k
5+ 32k - 38k 32k - 38k 30k - 36k 30k - 36k
Trainee Company Secretary 0 - 3 25k - 28k 22k - 25k 22k - 25k 22k - 25k
3 - 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
5+ n/a n/a n/a n/a
Graduate Company Secretary 0 - 3 28k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k
3 - 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
5+ n/a n/a n/a n/a

Legal (Office Support) Contract Rates

*Figures shown re@258;ect base salaries quoted in hourly rates

RoleYears' ExperienceDublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant
(Small to Medium Practice)
0 - 3 12 - 15 12 - 14 10 - 12 10 - 12
3 - 5 15 - 17 14 - 16 12 - 15 12 - 15
5+ 17 - 20 16 - 18 15 - 17 15 - 17
Legal Secretary / Legal Personal Assistant
(Large Practice)
0 - 3 13 - 16 13 - 15 11 - 12 11 - 12
3 - 5 16 - 18 15 - 17 13 - 15 13 - 15
5+ 18 - 22 17 - 21 15 - 20 15 - 20
Legal Executive 0 - 3 13 - 17 13 - 16 13 - 15 13 - 15
3 - 5 17 - 22 16 - 20 15 - 18 15 - 18
5+ 22 - 26 20 - 25 18 - 22 18 - 22
Paralegal 0 - 3 13 - 17 13 - 16 13 - 15 13 - 15
3 - 5 17 - 22 16 - 21 15 - 19 15 - 19
5+ 22 - 26 21 - 25 19 - 23 19 - 23
Legal Contracts Manager 0 - 3 17 - 19 15 - 18 14 - 16 14 - 16
3 - 5 19 - 22 18 - 20 16 - 18 16 - 18
5+ 22 - 28 20 - 25 18 - 20 18 - 20
Legal Contracts Administrator 0 - 3 13 - 15 12 - 15 11 - 14 11 - 14
3 - 5 15 - 18 15 - 17 14 - 16 14 - 16
5+ 18 - 21 17 - 20 15 - 18 15 - 18
Trainee Company Secretary 0 - 3 13 - 16 12 - 14 11 - 13 11 - 13
3 - 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
5+ n/a n/a n/a n/a
Graduate Company Secretary 0 - 3 16 - 9 14 - 17 13 - 15 13 - 15
3 - 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
5+ n/a n/a n/a n/a

Commentary on Legal Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2017

The move in favour of Legal personal assistants (PA’s) over traditional legal secretaries continues to be a trend amongst the top 5 legal firms.  Legal PA’s are tasked with handling all traditional secretarial tasks as well as managing diary, travel arrangements and inboxes for partners and associate. Salaries are beginning to reflect the increased responsibilities of the Legal PA’s position. Many of the larger firms are realising the need to increase salaries in-order to attract top talent and compete with other sectors. These job seekers are more highly motivated by salary and will consider moving sectors.

In comparison small to medium sized firms continue to focus on recruiting traditional legal secretaries with the demand for strong typing and document management skills remaining a top priority. As seen last year, this side of the talent pool tend to be extremely loyal to their firms with few legal secretaries looking to make a move, salary does not tend to be the driving force behind their decisions.

Firms of all sizes are beginning to take on junior legal administrators and secretaries with the view to training them to move into legal secretarial positions in time due to the shortage of available talent. These junior job seekers tend to be career focused and wish to see both career progression and a steady salary trajectory when joining an organisation.

Salaries and benefits, even at the larger law firms, continue to lag behind those in other sectors. Many firms are starting to realise they will need to adjust their salary levels if they are to attract and retain the more financially motivated and higher qualified job seekers in 2017. 

This originally appeared on lacreme.ie