Scottish Legal Salary & Benefits Survey

Pay and Benefits Benchmarking: Scottish Legal

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Input Questionnaire
Job Descriptions

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The Scottish Legal Salary & Benefits Survey was designed in association with HR professionals in the legal firms in Scotland to provide access to confidential, validated market pay data for selected, mainly sector specific roles.


  • Stable sample
  • Participant-only
  • Now covering the whole of Scotland with tailored geographical analysis including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen
  • Continuous running - updated in online results tool every month
  • Range of sector-specific benchmark jobs
  • Online and individually tailored analysis results
  • Benefits data
  • Additional services and support from Alan Jones & Associates

The Scottish Legal Salary Survey covers over 100 jobs in the following functions:

  • Qualified Lawyers (with analysis by specialism)
  • Paralegal
  • Accounts/Finance
  • IT
  • General Administration
  • HR
  • Secretarial
  • Marketing
  • Property Management/Estate Agency

Information on basic pay, bonus and target bonus is included in the survey and the analysis is by legal specialism: Corporate, Commercial Property, Domestic Property, Litigation, Private Client, Employment, Banking, Construction, Pensions, Rural Property, Projects, Oil & Gas.

The Scottish Legal Salary & Benefits Survey is run continuously and is for participants only. Any appropriate organisation with matches is eligible to join. The survey is paid for by participant subscription. The subscription covers:

  • Customised annual Excel/PDF copy of the survey analysis supplied to suit the participant's own review schedule
  • Online tailored survey results updated monthly
  • Benefits review results available online
  • Pay review survey free to survey participants (6 monthly): statistical analysis of past and anticipated pay movements, geographical analysis
  • Access to Alan Jones HR Policy Surveys free of charge

If you want further information on this survey, please contact Alan Jones & Associates on 01600 716916 or via email:

The Scottish Legal Benefits Review

The benefits questionnaire is online and is available to any organisation taking part in the salary survey. The benefits section of the Scottish Legal Salary & Benefits Survey covers:

  • Contractual hours
  • Holiday entitlement including: holiday with service; buying and selling holiday; additional leave; sabbaticals
  • Sick pay including sick pay at start of employment and then as accrued with service
  • Permanent/prolonged health insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Pension schemes: defined benefit, defined contribution, stakeholder; annual allowance
  • Medical insurance, dental insurance, optical insurance
  • Share schemes
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental/parental bereavement pay/leave policies
  • Flexible benefits
  • Long service awards; other payments & awards
  • Total reward statements; employee self-service
  • Recruitment/introduction bonuses
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Flexible working (incl. home/hybrid working)
  • Overtime
  • Absence & turnover
  • Commencement of benefits
  • EAP
  • Health & wellbeing

Participants must submit their benefits information to access this section of the Scottish Legal survey.


The survey is strictly confidential and participant-only - only those contributing their own data to the survey will receive access to the results. We do not give or sell information from salary surveys to any third party.

Salary Information

The analysis is statistical showing the feedback in medians, quartiles, deciles and averages job by job. We ensure anonymity including following specific rules on minimum matching, i.e. the median on a job is only shown where there are three companies reporting, quartiles with four or five reporting and deciles with six. We check matches for outweighing and if one participant has more than 25% of the job holders their input will be reduced. We validate all input data and we may contact participants to discuss any concerns. We may remove information which is anomalous. Participants receive a customised copy of the survey analysis, i.e. feeding back their own position vs the group for their matches.

Data Protection

Alan Jones & Associates are registered with Data Protection although we do not hold any personal information about the people in the jobs, just the salary that the job is paid.

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding this survey, please contact us on 01600 716916 or via e-mail