There was an influx of international law firms seeking lawyers with specialist skill sets and local experience in 2015.
This led to a major upturn in hiring activity during the year. There has been a continued focus on recruiting Employment Equity candidates.
Individuals with around five years’ post-qualification experience will be highly sought after in 2016, particularly in banking and finance.
The greatest competition will be for lawyers at a mid to senior management level who have industry experience.
Overall, the greatest competition will be for lawyers at a mid to senior management level who have industry experience. Hiring managers outside of law firms will prefer candidates with previous in-house experience as well as those who are familiar with recent regulatory developments.
2016 Salary Update:
- Equity and salaried partners will see salary growth of 20-28% on average in 2016
- Attorneys with 3-6 years PQE working within Commerce & Industry will see a increase of 11% on average in 2016
- This compares to a rise of 8% across all legal roles in South Africa