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The data was used to generate e-fits of the typical reader, but don't take it personally.


Over half of RollOnFriday’s readers are on a six figure salary, a reader poll has revealed.

The most respondents, 35%, put themselves in the £100k-£199k category, hewing closely to the most common pay bracket for many solicitors at national, City, US and international firms.

Ascending the pyramid of pay, 10% of readers are on £200k-£299k, 6% are on £300k-£499k, and 1% are paid between £1m and £2m.

A select group of readers comprising equity partners and CEOs are earning over £2m, and 0.3% of them said they were taking down over £5m.


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However, the ultra high net worth club suffered a handful of expulsions when the final results were checked. ROF statisticians voided entries from the "Senior understudy to the Count of Earlswood" and "Da Boss", who were both doing suspiciously well given that one said she was 2PQE and the other gave his location as the Antarctic.

But don’t consider yourself a pitiable anomaly if you’re not taking home gigantic sums: around 44% of respondents are paid less than £99k.

The poll indicated that, as might be expected of the legal community’s website, 80% of readers are lawyers.

Although there are outposts of Roffers all around the world, the majority – over 80% - are in the UK, with at least half working in London and significant blobs in cities including Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham.

ROF is ageist, sadly, with 65% of the 1,900 sample aged under 44 and 50% of the solicitors less than 10PQE. It also spits in the eye of sex equality, with men making up 59% of readers and women 41%.

All in all, it paints a terrifying portrait of the typical reader as a moneyed young hermaphrodite toiling away in a UK law firm. But thanks all the same for your custom.


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Comments

Anonymous 10 May 24 08:01

We all know there are big bucks to be made in the city (if you put in the big hours). It might be interesting if you can break down the results by location so those of us in the regions can see how they compare to each other.

Tunnocks Teacake 10 May 24 08:43

Am I saying that lawyers in Scotland and the regions should be paid the same as lawyers in London? No. Am I saying that the extent of pay disparity currently massively exceeds the disparity between both cost of living and demands of the job? Certainly, yes, I am. I can tell you right now that almost none of the respondents in the top 56% of this poll (over £100k) are both A) outside of London and B) not partners. I know partners who earn less than that. It does also seem to me that it's a bit rich that so much of an exception is taken for how expensive it is to live in London when it comes to working out pay levels (which I think is fair enough), but pretty much no account whatsoever is taken of the sometimes very large differences in cost of living between the other parts of the country. Also, for what it's worth, whoever is taking home over £5m is a disgrace - pay your employees more, you avaricious hogs!

Anonymous 10 May 24 09:05

"I can tell you right now that almost none of the respondents in the top 56% of this poll (over £100k) are both A) outside of London and B) not partners. I know partners who earn less than that."

PINO's.

Let's just call it as it is.

Anonymous 10 May 24 10:41

"I can tell you right now that almost none of the respondents in the top 56% of this poll (over £100k) are both A) outside of London and B) not partners. I know partners who earn less than that."

There will be plenty of LDs [insert your firm’s preferred nomenclature here] in regional firms edging into that band. A variation of the PINO issue @ 0905 above.

Tunnocks Teacake 10 May 24 10:58

@Anonymous 10.41

 

Possibly, but I know a good few LDs and they're not even all that close to those numbers. You're definitely right that there will be some, but I'd wager that "plenty" is a stretch. Could be wrong!

Anon 10 May 24 13:06

If you are a legal director on £70k in the regions and know that you will never get to partner, go in house or join the civil service as wider benefit packages will exceed your law firm salary.

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