Support staff and their salaries

June 6, 2017


With the cost of living constantly rising, so are salary expectations. Studies show that the number of legal secretaries in the market has declined by approximately one-third over the past 5 years. Unfortunately, as progression opportunities for career secretaries decline and salaries become stagnant, we continue to see a rise in good quality candidates moving to other industries.


So why is this important?


As we all know, legal secretaries play a crucial role in the overall process and provide unique and business critical support to their fee-earners. Without legal secretaries, there is real potential for the quality of work to decrease and ultimately lead to a lesser service being offered to clients.


This got me thinking: should we be educating more graduates to become career secretaries and emphasising the importance of the role? There is so much to be gained from an outstanding career in the legal industry and it seems a real shame to be losing out on some of the very best talent.


What are your thoughts?

Kayleigh Busuttil is a Senior Recruitment Consultant working on the Permanent Support Division at Legal Personnel. With almost a decade of experience within the legal industry, Kayleigh specialises in identifying the very best talent and placing them in Sydney’s most sought after Permanent Support roles. To contact her, call (02) 9252 0345 or email

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