Legal Services

At Abacus the goal is simple, enjoy our work and help talented people find great opportunities.

2022 is going to be a busy year…

Accurate commentary for salary reviews is essential. We have created our most comprehensive guide on pay and reward in the Belfast marketplace.

The tables below provide guidance on basic salary levels for a range of positions. No consideration of benefits, bonuses, or other emoluments is included in these ranges. The information has been summarised
by the Legal Recruitment team at Abacus Careers and is based upon salary information provided by candidates in-post throughout 2021 and into 2022.

Just scroll left and right to view salary tables Professional Practice and Industry based positions.

Legal Services


Qualified Solicitors Support & Non Qualified Non-Practice and In-house
Qualified Solictors Salary
Level Average High Low
NQS £28,500 £33,000 £25,000
PQE 1 £30,000 £35,000 £27,000
PQE 2 £32,000 £37,000 £29,000
PQE 3 £ 35,000 £ 39,000 £ 31,000
PQE 4 £ 37,500 £ 42,000 £ 32,000
PQE 5 £ 45,000 £ 53,000 £ 37,000
Associate (5-8 years) £ 50,000 £ 60,000 £ 45,000
Snr Associate (7-9 years) £ 60,000 £ 70,000 £ 50,000
Salaried Partner £ 85,000 £ 120,000+ £ 70,000+
Equity Partner – contact our team for specific advice. £tbc £tbc £tbc

For further advice or perspective on the information provided please contact one of the Legal Recruitment team who will be glad to assist.

Download the latest Legal Services Salary Guide for 2022

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