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Category Archives: Salary

I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundred of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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Being the new guy

How do I negotiate a job offer?

There are two negotiating positions in the world of recruitment: –          The Employer –          The Lawyer If the demands and needs of both positions align, we hit the Goldilocks Zone and the offer’s accepted. If they don’t, the offer’s refused and it’s back to the

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A Route to Success

Should I tell a recruiter my salary and benefits package?

It seems this is a somewhat controversial topic. I’ve come across a handful of blogs that take the standpoint: this is private and should remain confidential. Some suggest the only reason a recruiter wants to know this information is to cap any offers that are

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Do I need more money?

Money is always an interesting topic of conversation, no matter where you are or who you’re talking to. In some circles it’ll be a passing thought, in others it’ll be treated with the greatest of importance, and then some will see it as a hindrance

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Career Plans

Job title vs salary

I was recently approached by a client who asked for my opinion on introducing the title of ‘Senior Associate’ at their firm.  The suggestion received a mixed response amongst the lawyers at this firm hence why I was approached for an objective yet informed view

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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