• Starting salaries for legal professionals increased by an average of 20% or more than expected
  • Law Firms requiring employees to return to the office, 5 days a week, facing hiring and talent retention challenges
  • Paid leave benefits, in particular, parental leave top-up plans, are becoming an increasingly important consideration for professionals
  • Employer branding now a key factor for employers looking to attract top legal talent


Vancouver, BC, June 2, 2022 – The race for talent in the legal industry remains extremely high as law firms are having to pull out all the stops to stand out in a relentlessly competitive candidate-driven market. Legal professionals continue to actively seek higher compensation, additional benefits and perks as well as work-life balance from employers.

Based on a recent poll conducted by Impact Recruitment, 24% of candidates consider flexibility and remote work options to be the most important benefit offered by an employer, aside from monetary compensation itself. Law firms offering flexible work arrangements including hybrid or remote work options, flexible start and finish times, or shorter workweeks are having more success attracting and retaining talent over their competitors.

In addition, firms providing paid leave benefits, in particular, parental leave top-up plans, are coming out ahead, as legal professionals increasingly consider these perks an important consideration when deciding to make a career move.

Impact, a leading multi-disciplinary recruitment firm, launches the 2022 Salary Guide: Law Firm Edition for the Greater Vancouver area to highlight these current legal industry hiring trends as well as provide up-to-date salary data for lawyers and legal support professionals in the local market.

“Our legal recruitment division continues to see strong demand for lawyers and legal support professionals across Canada. Despite potential economic headwinds on the horizon, the race to attract and retain top legal talent continues,” said Jeffrey David Harris, Founder + CEO of Impact Recruitment and AmbiMi. “Now, more than ever, the ability to communicate your firm’s unique value proposition with confidence throughout the recruitment process will help set you apart from the competition. It’s clear employer branding can make or break you during the initial hiring and onboarding stage,” Harris concluded.

Employer branding has become a key factor in securing top legal professionals in Canada. In a poll conducted by Impact, almost 30% of candidates stated excellent company reputation as a key reason they would choose one employer over another when presented with multiple job offers.

Download a full copy of the 2022 Vancouver legal salary guide here.


About the Salary Guide

Impact Recruitment’s 2022 Salary Guide: Law Firm Edition was created to serve as a practical resource for law firms and legal professionals in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia.

The salary information displayed is based on approximately 150 placements over a twelve-month period made by Impact’s legal team who specialize in lawyers and legal support recruitment for law firms.

Their vast knowledge of the local market allows them to share up-to-date information on trends, in-demand practice areas, compensation, benefits, and perks pertaining to the legal industry.


About Impact Recruitment

Impact Recruitment is a leading multi-disciplinary recruitment firm dedicated to the upward mobility of people.

As a trusted recruitment partner for over 12 years, Impact has successfully placed thousands of quality candidates in permanent, temporary, and contract positions with hundreds of organizations across North America.

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a second office in Toronto, Ontario, Impact Recruitment is ranked by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies in 2020 and 2021; and, by Canadian Business’ Growth List as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies from 2016-2020.


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Christina Launay
Vice President of Marketing
Impact Recruitment


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