BCL Legal Recruitment
0845 241 0933

The Brief

The number one place for legal news, opinions, interviews and insights

Category Archives: Salary

Your wish is my command…

How to ask for a pay rise

I recently got into a debate with a friend of mine over whether she should get a pay rise because she had been loyal to that particular company for another year. Her main argument, in a nutshell being, that your loyalty should be reflected in

Read more
South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

How much do British workers like their jobs and pay?

Last year, YouGov ran a poll to ascertain how many British workers liked their job and their wages. Producing an outcome that certainly surprised me, given our well documented period of austerity and inflation, the results confirmed that almost half of us – the 1,133

Read more
South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Pay rises and the commercial legal sector. Is it time you asked for a raise?

The Telegraph featured an article recently which touched on comments by the new Bank of England rate-setter Sir Dave Ramsden. Sir Dave is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of only two MPC members (from nine) who voted to keep interest

Read more
April kicked off with…. April fools!

Should I lie about my salary?

I recently read an article on LinkedIn written by someone in America which out and out branded the personal questions that each job seeker is asked during the recruitment process, with a particular emphasis on current or previous salary, as “overly personal” and “ridiculous”. Apparently

Read more

Am I being paid enough?

If you’re anything like me then apart from the August bank holiday and the 2-3 days (or should I say hours!) of summer we experience, one of the best days of August is transfer deadline day. Whether it’s the big clubs paying an extortionate amount

Read more
BCL Logo

The BBC, Gender Pay Gaps and Recruitment

So, it would appear from the BBC’s reporting of how much it pays its top talent, that presenting TV and radio shows and are things which men do much better than women. Similarly, just having some indefinable “star quality” is something men have in spades,

Read more
Big brother is watching you…

Money talks

In a busy legal market candidates are in a strong position, but a common question we are often asked is how far does this influence when entering into pay negotiations? Will firms break pay brackets to attract a candidate, and ultimately how much can you

Read more
Interview preparation

The ultimate interview curveball question: What are your salary expectations?

Questions surrounding salary expectations can often be quite tricky to answer. From the perspective of the interviewer, the answer represents a benchmark figure to work from should things progress but it also can provide insight into an individual’s suitability for a role. On the other

Read more
BCL Legal Recruitment  2005 - 2016 Salary Report

BCL Legal Recruitment 2005 – 2016 Salary Report

  Over the last decade, the UK’s economic climate has experienced dramatic changes, with all sectors and professions affected in some way by the ongoing recession, inflation and our position within the European Union. The law has been a vital industry in this country for

Read more
What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

Why do in-house lawyers look for a new job?

Every year we run our annual salary survey across the UK and for 2015 we decided to include an extra question: If you were looking for a new opportunity what would be your main reason/s for looking? For many, this would have been a hypothetical

Read more
8 Common Body Language Mistakes

Lawyer Salaries in the UK – Throwing light on a recent misleading Telegraph article

The Telegraph today published a relatively sensationalist article headlined ‘Revealed: How much lawyer’s are REALLY paid’. The article suggests that lawyers earn double the national average wage (£27,000) when they start work and that salaries rise sharply, especially for those with top degrees. The study,

Read more