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December 17, 2018

KSA Salary Guide 2019 - Legal

“The public sector and governmental entities are strongly aligned with Vision 2030 especially when it comes to capital markets and construction.”

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Vision 2030 is driving the market and encouraging legal firms in Saudi Arabia to find the right talent.

Vision 2030 is driving changes in the market and putting pressure on legal firms in Saudi to find the right talent in certain fields.  Legal counsels and legal directors are very much aligned with Vision 2030. There has been a demand on highly experienced PPP advisory lawyers. We predict there will be a continued need for transaction advisory lawyers. There is a struggle to attract Saudi nationals with the necessary skills and capabilities in capital markets, M&A and transaction advisory.

There are great opportunities for Western-educated Saudi National lawyers at the moment.

Law firms in Saudi Arabia are seeking to attract Western-educated Saudi Nationals into their organisations. We have also seen an increase in Saudi law firms attracting international experts with experience in Capital banking. We are forecasting an increase in hiring trend by 15 to 20 percent in private practice.

Legal firms are to increase their hiring by 10 to 15 per cent.

Partners and team movements will continue to be a challenge within private practice in 2019. High performing partners and teams will continue to be on the radar for firms practising in KSA.  Employers need to focus on the development of their team and create a collaborative work environment. Strong bonus pools, flexible working arrangements and exciting projects are the key drivers that help retain top-tier candidates. Retention of candidates will be even more important in 2019-2020 with the arrival of Vision 2030. The public sector and governmental entities are strongly aligned with Vision 2030 especially when it comes to capital markets and construction.

 

ROLE

TITLE

MIN

MAX

 

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Legal Secretary

14,000

20,000

 

 

REGIONAL FIRMS

Paralegal

15,000

25,000

 

 

Newly Qualified

20,000

35,000

 

 

Associate

25,000

40,000

 

 

Senior Associate

45,000

65,000

 

 

Counsel

50,000

85,000

 

 

Partner

70,000

110,000+

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Legal Secretary

17,000

25,000

 

US & UK FIRMS

Paralegal

17,000

28,000

 

 

Newly Qualified

25,000

35,000

 

 

Associate

35,000

55,000

 

 

Senior Associate

45,000

60,000

 

 

Counsel

60,000

90,000

 

 

Partner

75,000

180,000+

 

   IN HOUSE

Legal Secretary

15,000

20,000

 

Paralegal

15,000

24,000

 

Junior Legal Counsel/Advisor

25,000

40,000

 

Counsel

35,000

55,000

 

General Counsel

40,000

60,000

 

Director

50,000

100,000+

Monthly salaries in Saudi Riyals (SAR). Salaries provided are exclusive of any bonus, guaranteed or otherwise. 

Please click here to view the full salary guide for this sector. 

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