other legal secretary salary survey criteriaThe criteria for the legal secretary/paralegal salary survey has been amended to reflect as much of the feedback as possible. Obviously we want this survey to be accurate when it is launched, so your feedback again is vital.

Please have a look at the criteria we have outlined as important, the more restricted the options, the better the results of the survey will be.

We have restricted the cities and towns to the top ten, and then included 3 other options based on population – not perfect, but it seems to be the best way to segment the town selection. We have included a list of towns by population so that people can select their town size even if their town is not listed.

Words per Minute typing speed has been included as it is felt that a faster typist will work faster on a computer, based on her typing skills – I recon I would get things done a little faster if I could type better ;-)

We have added the following criteria to improve the accuracy of the results:
Matters finalised per month – to help measure the productivity of the person.
Supervision – Basically to understand if the person can work without having to ask the partner to check there work – excluding signing.
Full or Half Day – These do affect the salary, so we added a field to segment the two salary types.
Size of Firm – We use the partners in the firm to establish the size of the firm.

The survey will be anonymous, with the simplest method possible for everyone to complete.

Below you will find the criteria we are looking to use for the survey, please give us feedback to help us produce an accurate and detailed result at the end of the survey. Comments and questions would be a huge help, feel free to comment below the article.

City or Town
Johannesburg
Cape Town
Durban
Pretoria
Port Elizabeth
East London
Bloemfontein
Vanderbijlpark
Polokwane
Pietermaritzburg
Population 600 000 to 307 000 (*)
Population 300 000 to 150 000 (*)
Population of 150 000 to 50 000 (*)
Populations below 49 999 (*)

Province
Gauteng
Western Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Eastern Cape
Free State
Limpopo
Mpumalanga
North West
Northern Cape

Job title
Litigation Secretary
Collections Secretary
Labour Secretary
Conveyancing Secretary/Paralegal
Conveyancing Agency Secretary
Commercial Secretary
Estates / Trusts Secretary
Estates Administrator
Advocates Secretary
Other Legal Secretary

Number of years’ experience
Less than 2 years
2 to 5 years
6 to 10 years
11 to 15 years
16 to 20 years
21 or more

Typing speed (WPM)
Less than 40
41 to 60
61 to 80
81 or more

What is your salary package in total?
Less than R6000
R6001 to R8000
R8001 to R10 000
R10 001 to R12 000
R12 001 to R14 000
R14 001 to R16 000
R16 001 to R18 000
R18 001 to R20 000
R20 001 to R23 000
R23 001 to R25 000
R25 001 to R27 500
R27 501 to R30 000
More than R30 001

Matters Finalised per month
1 to 3
4 to 7
8 to 10
11 to 15
16 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 35
36 to 40
41 or more

Supervision - Your boss checks all my work before you can proceed
All is checked first - 100%
75%
50%
25%
Your boss does not check your work 0%

Full or Half Day
Full time employed
Half day employed

Size of Law Firm
1 partner
2 to 5 partners
6 to 10 partners
11 to 15 partners
16 to 20 partners
21 to 30 partners
31 to 50 partners
51 or more partners

 

* Cities and Towns rated by population

Population 600 000 to 307 000
Nelspruit 588,794
Rustenburg 549,575
Bushbuckridge 541,248
Louis Trichardt 516,031
Brits 477,381
Mthatha 451,710
Welkom 406,461
Klerksdorp 398,676
Witbank 395,466
Malalane 390,610
Tzaneen 390,095
Newcastle 363,236
Krugersdorp 362,422
Phuthaditjhaba 335,784
Burgersfort 335,676
Richards Bay 334,459
eMpumalanga 310,458

Population 300 000 to 150 000
Mokopane 307,682
Secunda 294,538
Mafikeng 291,527
Libode 290,390
Bizana 281,905
Flagstaff 278,481
Jane Furse 274,358
Port Shepstone 256,135
Dutywa 254,909
Gcuwa 252,390
Paarl 251,262
Siyabuswa 249,700
Groblersdal 249,363
Kimberley 248,041
Giyani 244,217
Mogwase 242,554
Ladysmith 237,437
KwaDukuza 231,187
Chuniespoort 230,350
Middelburg 229,831
Eshowe 213,601
Modjadjiskloof 212,701
Vryheid 211,060
Matatiele 203,843
Carletonville 197,520
Nongoma 194,908
George 193,672
Mount Frere 191,620
Queenstown 190,723
Ulundi 188,317
Qumbu 188,226
Makapanstad 186,947
Jozini 186,502
Carolina 186,010
Umzimkhulu 180,302
Taung 177,642
Tugela Ferry 177,577
Mtubatuba 175,425
Piet Retief 171,982
Lichtenburg 168,902
Worcester 166,825
Nquthu 165,307
Potchefstroom 162,762
Senwabarwana 162,629
Mtwalume 160,975
Kroonstad 160,532
Kwangwanase 156,736
Port St Johns 156,136
Stellenbosch 155,733
Ngcobo 155,513

Population of 150 000 to 50 000
Zeerust 150,713
Phalaborwa 150,637
Ermelo 149,377
Randfontein 149,286
Sasolburg 149,108
Cofimvaba 145,372
Ndwedwe 140,820
Maclear 138,141
Mandeni 138,078
Lady Grey 134,150
Bergville 132,068
Koloti 131,164
Bethlehem 128,704
Pongola 127,238
Fort Beaufort 127,115
Delareyville 124,218
Ntabankulu 123,976
Marble Hall 123,648
KwaMbonambi 122,889
Stutterheim 122,778
Parys 120,520
Lady Frere 119,460
Ceres 115,946
Lephalale 115,767
Standerton 115,662
Nkandla 114,416
Malmesbury 113,762
Ntabamhlophe 113,073
Ficksburg 112,597
Westonaria 111,767
Caledon 108,790
Dendron 108,321
Setlagole 107,339
Wartburg 106,374
Ganyesa 105,789
Wasbank 103,116
Greytown 103,093
Dannhauser 102,161
Ixopo 101,691
Creighton 100,548
Heidelberg 99,520
Vredenburg 99,193
Jeffreys Bay 98,558
Lydenburg 98,387
Ashton 97,724
Maphumulo 96,724
Harding 96,556
Oudtshoorn 95,933
Meyerton 95,301
Hoedspruit 94,857
Apel 93,795
Kuruman 93,652
Upington 93,494
Howick 92,710
Mutale 91,870
Mothibistad 89,530
Mossel Bay 89,430
Thabazimbi 85,234
Volksrust 83,235
Estcourt 83,153
Paulpietersburg 82,053
Bothaville 81,220
Hermanus 80,432
Grahamstown 80,390
Scottburgh 78,875
Wolmaransstad 77,794
Scottburgh 77,403
Delmas 75,452
Bhucanana 74,336
Peddie 72,190
Hlabisa 71,925
Barberton 69,577
Knysna 68,659
Modimolle 68,513
Musina 68,359
Vredendal 67,147
Vryburg 66,781
Bela-Bela 66,500
Kokstad 65,981
Kakamas 65,869
Richmond 65,793
Cradock 65,560
Dundee 64,862
Cala 63,582
Theunissen 63,334
Camperdown 63,142
Hartswater 63,000
Piketberg 61,897
Port Alfred 61,176
Schweizer-Reneke 60,355
Reitz 60,324
Frankfort 57,876
Ventersdorp 56,702
Kirkwood 54,504
Christiana 53,248
Riversdale 52,642
Izingolweni 52,540
Ladybrand 51,056
Koster 51,049
Graaff-Reinet 50,993

Population below 49 999
Clanwilliam 49,768
Beaufort West 49,586
Trompsburg 49,171
Plettenberg Bay 49,162
Melmoth 47,818
Vrede 47,772
Bultfontein 47,625
Belfast 47,216
Springbok 47,041
Barkly West 46,841
Aliwal North 43,800
Balfour 42,390
De Aar 42,356
Kathu 41,617
Kareedouw 40,663
Komga 38,991
Koffiefontein 38,628
Mooi River 38,103
Douglas 37,076
Somerset East 36,002
Swellendam 35,916
Mookgophong 35,640
Hluhluwe 35,258
Postmasburg 35,093
Utrecht 34,442
Zastron 34,146
Burgersdorp 33,677
Tarkastad 33,281
Impendle 33,105
Bredasdorp 33,038
Boshof 28,986
Colesberg 28,376
Ladismith 24,767
Dewetsdorp 24,314
Adelaide 24,264
Warrenton 24,204
Molteno 21,971
Prieska 21,591
Calvinia 21,578
Daniëlskuil 18,687
Victoria West 18,601
Willowmore 17,761
Groblershoop 16,637
Hopetown 15,701
Prince Albert 13,136
Himeville 12,898
Williston 12,588
Pofadder 12,465
Port Nolloth 11,982
Carnarvon 11,673
Petrusville 10,978
Jansenville 10,537
Garies 10,187
Laingsburg 8,289
Mier 7,003

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_municipalities_in_South_Africa

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