Salary surveys have become something of a fixture of the in-house world but, as popular as their production is among recruitment professionals, there has been little debate about how useful - or how widely used - they are by their intended audience.Of course, no one disputes the demand for research that can provide lawyers working outside the highly structured world of private practice with a yardstick by which to judge their own compensation. But with salaries and bonuses widely varying as the type, sector and geography of the companies looking to recruit, just how useful are current surveys on the market? Are such surveys a true reflection of the earnings of lawyers working in-house? And what is the general quality of the research behind such initiatives?
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