Legal salary trends in the Middle East


The Robert Walters Global Salary Survey for 2017 contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets. Here we discuss the outlook for the legal sector in the Middle East.

Recruitment trends

In response to the slowdown resulting from low oil prices and an uncertain economic climate there was a cautious approach to hiring in the first half of 2016 as businesses consolidated.

However, hiring continued in key areas and we saw a marked shift towards senior level recruitment, particularly partner hires where professionals had a proven business following.

Private practice

Private practice teams remained busy across all areas and hiring focused on replacement roles as firms prioritised maintaining high utilisation rates. We anticipate that this will produce higher levels of recruitment in 2017, as busy teams will need more support.


Across in-house we have seen a further push towards candidates with local experience and Arabic language skills. This will continue in 2017 as businesses focus on developing local talent. One effect of this focus on local experience is a reduction in salaries offered for in-house positions as the traditional ‘expat package’ is being phased out.

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