Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Cheapskate Law Firm? A Witty (but deadly accurate) Job Application by a Receptionist


We recently received the following job application from an online job board:

"Dear Jonathan,  
You have received a reply to your ad: "Law Firm Receptionist" posted in Reception & Switchboard Jobs in [a greater London area].  
From: Anna
To offer £16,000 p/a you must be either very greedy or not performing well as a company.
I believe that London's living wage is £9.40 p/h. In fact- cleaners earn more in these days.
If I accepted your salary - I would have to choose between either paying my London rent -or buying food. And because I would not be afford to use a public transport to get to work ,- to your office I would fly on a magic carpet. By the way- Would you survive on 16k in London?" 


   
Hello Anna – many thanks for your application, which we agree with completely!! I have written the following response and posted your application and my response onto the Legal Recruitment Blog (your email address has been removed).

We know of a number of solicitors firms in and around London who seem to think that people go to work simply to help the partners keep ailing businesses afloat or maintain a luxury lifestyle they probably can’t afford.

It doesn’t matter how many times we break the news to some clients that Queen Victoria died in 1901 they still act as if she is on the throne. I suppose there is an option to save money by sleeping rough on the streets during the week and then walk home at the weekend, but I guess you don’t fancy pushing things to that extreme.

The Living Wage is £9.40 per hour. If you assume someone on a salary works full time for 7.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 48 weeks of the year, this equates to £16,920. Season tickets for travelling in zones 1-6 appear to cost £227 a month.

So yes you are absolutely right – this firm are potentially advertising a role at less than the Living Wage and it would be very hard to work and be able to enjoy any of the income you earned. We had another firm recently doing the same type of thing - offering £14k - but dangling training contract carrots in front of potential paralegals.

In defence of some of the employers – the hourly rate for legally aided work has not gone up a lot since 1991 and in fact for crime has been reduced by 17.5% as crime solicitors are quite clearly earning too much at £53.84 for complex advocacy in the Magistrates Court. Their hourly rates now equate to a lot less than most garages charge per hour for a qualified mechanic to look at a car.

Other areas of law though not dependent on legal aid have no similar excuse – and if a business is undertaking an uneconomical area of work they ought to be seriously considering their own commercial acumen, not trying to get staff to work for next to nothing.

Sometimes we advertise vacancies that offer unbelievably poor salaries to potential candidates but we are bound to do so by the terms of our contracts with our clients. We can express individual opinions on salary levels, but at the end of the day it is up to jobseekers to vote with their feet and avoid vacancies.

We are considering as an agency refusing to advertise anything that is less than the National Living Wage, or indicating that the National Living Wage is not being met on particular vacancies. Your email has provoked us into further thought on this issue so many thanks.

Solicitors firms fall into 3 categories. The first is the city and commercial sector – these firms pay very high salaries in comparison with their counterparts but why not – they earn it and their staff work amazingly long hours. The second is the decent high street sector- firms generating solid profits based on firm foundations with salaries to ensure longevity and loyalty. The third is the not so decent high street sector where staff are a very temporary commodity with no effort made at all to recruit at a level someone can actually afford to work at.

So thanks for taking the time to apply – we like your wit and hope you go far!

Best wishes

Jonathan Fagan
Managing Director
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Hourly rates of pay updated September 2016 from Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives - September 2016 update

Locum hourly rate payment varies widely according to the demand, length of assignment, level of experience and advance notice available. NB: These rates are intended as a guide only. Hourly rates can vary according to the location, duration and level of expertise.

September 2016 Private Practice Law Firm Locum Rates:
 
* Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-3 years PQE, handling residential standard sale price only – £28-30 per hour (variation for central London – £29-33 per hour).
* Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-£40 per hour, including central London.
* Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE - £35-45 per hour.
* Wills & Probate Solicitors and Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-45 per hour.
* Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £25-30 per hour. Occasionally this goes up to £35 per hour for short notice or a few days cover.
* Civil Litigation – 1-35 years PQE. £25-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation – eg county court and small claims matters.
* Corporate Commercial Locum Solicitors - 5-45 years PQE. £35-75 per hour. Usual rate in small-medium law firms is around £40-50 per hour.
* In House Locum Solicitors - 3-35 years PQE. £35-60 per hour. Usual rate in a larger sized blue chip company legal department is c.£50 per hour going up to c£100-£120.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

Hourly Rate, Weekly Rate and Salary Equivalents:
£25 per hour = £937.50 per week or £45,000 per annum (assuming a 7.5 hour day and a 48 week year).
£30 per hour = £1,125 per week or £54,000 per annum.

We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.
Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Candidate Update dated 24th August 2016

New Candidate Update now available from Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment:

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/new-candidate-registrations-dated-24th-august-2016-for-ten-percent-legal-recruitment/

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Candidate Update available 18th August 2016

Candidate Update from Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment now available - new candidates into us over the last 7 days - 18th August 2016. Market has changed a bit in recent times...

Link is here:

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/new-candidate-update-18th-august-2016-solicitors-ilex-paralegals-and-legal-support-staff/

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Candidate Update available for 5th August 2016

New Candidate update out for the 5th August 2016 from the Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment Group. No change in the frequency of candidates registering, much to the anticipated disappointment of some senior partners who call expecting us to have 100s of redundant conveyancing solicitors!

Link for list is below:

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/new-permanent-and-locum-solicitors-candidate-update-5th-august-2016/


Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Legal Job Market Report dated July 6th 2016 - first report post-Brexit from Jonathan Fagan at Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We have published the first Legal Job Market Report post-Brexit - click the link below to view it:

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-july-6th-2016/

In a nutshell we anticipate issues with the property sector, short term uncertainty affecting recruitment in the legal profession, and hopefully a resurgence in the mid-to long-term. 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Candidate Registrations Update dated 22nd June 2016

Our new candidate update has just gone live on the Ten-Percent website. It contains a list of all the candidates registered with us in the last 7-10 days.

You can view it here: http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/new-candidate-update-june-22nd-2016/

Previous 7 days list is here:  http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/new-candidate-update-june-14th-2016/

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Legal Recruitment News June 2016

The latest edition of Legal Recruitment News has been released. It can be read at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk 


Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession.

Euro 2016 Finals and how to survive them

Euro 2016 finals and how to survive them
Its that time of year again when football has an effect on just about everything going on in the workplace and the economy. Forget the ins and outs of the EU referendum campaign - we have noticed the effect of the football phenomenon every year the World Cup or the Euros have been played. Business seems to just stop. Suddenly the national team takes pride of place.

Some employers are very good at identifying the desire of their employees to watch the match, or at least pay it some attention rather than their work. Other employers are pretty hopeless.

Here is our guide to surviving the Euros - for employed staff and employers:

1. Shut the office for the afternoon on Thursday June 16th. This is when England play Wales - kick off at 2pm. Even if you stay open the vast majority of your employees will be busy staring into space and glaring at you intermittently. People never forget this type of thing and it will be remembered...
2. Give staff the opportunity to leave early if needs be on matchdays. For Irish fans this will be Monday 13th June (kick off at 5pm v Sweden), Thursday 16th June (Northern Ireland kick off at 5pm v Ukraine) and Tuesday 21st June (Ireland v Germany).
3. Offer staff the option to make up the hours by coming in an hour early on these days.
4. If you have to stay open give staff the option of listening to the game on the radio or via the iPlayer whilst they work.
5. The later stages of the tournament have no matches in the day apart from Monday 27th June (5pm kickoff). This means that no hours should be lost, and also means that the only day you really need to think about is Thursday June 16th..

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.