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Support Staff Salary Reviews

Support Staff Salary Reviews

Support Staff, it’s time to prepare for your salary reviews!

It’s coming into that time of year when firms start preparing and gathering data for salary reviews! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a pay rise especially as many people didn’t have their usual review or raise last year. While the data is still being gathered (wage growth numbers are usually released in May), the growth rate is expected to remain lower than pre-COVID rates, at around the 1.4 to 2%, which translates for most legal secretaries on salaries between $60,000-$90,000, to a $1,200 to $1,800 increase.

The good news is that the legal secretary market is very tight and strong legal secretaries at all levels are hard to find.  That means we expect to see an increase in salaries over the next 12 months.  So how do you get more $$ than just the growth increase in your next review?   Here are some tips to help you prepare for a constructive conversation about why you deserve more:

  1. Market info.  Do your research!  Are you paid within the banding for your level?  If you are at the higher level, what is required to move into the next category?  (If you require help answering this question, feel free to contact your favourite Monty recruiter!!!)
  2. Think back to your last review to the feedback you were given.  Were you asked to focus on, or develop skills in a particular area?  Put some thought to the changes you implemented and be prepared to discuss in detail the improvements you have made.
  3. Review your own year.  Take some time to try and review your own performance and commitment last year.  In a crazy year, some of us were just doing our best to stay afloat.  While some thrived on the downtime, others struggled with the change to remote working and many had the added pressure of home-school or looking after children.  This isn’t a time for being critical of yourself,  but be aware of the standard of work you produced.  Things like your attention to detail, meeting deadlines, time-management etc. may have (understandably) dropped to a lower than normal standard.  Ask yourself, was your contribution above and beyond your role pre-COVID or did it remain consistent?
  4. Going above and beyond your job description is always a convincing argument to ask for a salary increase. Things like supporting more people than is the standard allocation in the firm, taking on extra duties, assisting with projects outside your remit, training/mentoring team members, doing extensive overtime (90+ mins, regularly) are all strong arguments when it comes to salary negotiations.  To prepare for the meeting, create a concise and detailed list of all the extras you’ve done over the past 12 months and/or specific examples of when you have worked consistent overtime and why it was required.
  5. Attitude counts.  Don’t underestimate being a positive and happy to help team member who people enjoy working with.  

If you have your ducks in a row, your salary review can hopefully be a positive and constructive conversation with a great outcome!  If you would like to have a confidential conversation about the current legal secretary market, current or projected salary banding and/or your specific situation, you can reach us on 02 8381 0730.

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