Most junior lawyers are satisfied in their role, survey finds

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22nd July 2015 15:03 - Professional Services

A recent employee satisfaction survey - which questioned 2,076 individuals in the UK - has found that the majority of junior lawyers are Most junior lawyers are satisfied in their role, survey findssatisfied with their work/life balance.

However, the survey did uncover some concerns surrounding bonuses, management and career prospects.

The survey – entitled the 2015 Legal Week Intelligence employee satisfaction survey – discovered that 63 per cent of participants were happy with the balance of work and home life, although, 17 per cent said that they were less than satisfied with the balance.

As well as a high proportion of the respondents claiming to be satisfied with their work/home life, satisfaction levels for other areas of employment also ranked highly, with 94 per cent saying that they were happy with the quality of work, 93 per cent said they were happy with the quality of clients and 88 per cent said they were happy with the reputation of the practice area in which their employer operates.

Of the respondents, 98 per cent said that feeling valued was one of the most vital aspects of a place of work, however, only 70 per cent were happy with how valued they were at work and 14 per cent said that they were dissatisfied.

Despite many companies trying to move towards being a diverse and equal establishment, 12 per cent said that they were not happy with the progress their employer was making.

Progression and promotion was another area which many respondents were not satisfied with, as 21 per cent said that they were dissatisfied with this area of the company they work for.

As well as the above, remuneration is also a key motivator for junior lawyers. The survey found that despite 61 per cent of people saying that they were satisfied with their current salary, 23 per cent said that they were not happy with theirs.

When looking into what criterion generates the highest amount of dissatisfaction within employment, the researchers found that bonus schemes were the most dissatisfactory area for the junior lawyers. Of the respondents, 38 per cent said that they were dissatisfied with their current bonus scheme (or lack of) and just 33 per cent were satisfied.

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