Demand increases for lawyers in 2016

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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
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