The South African Legal Market.
South Africa is a country with a population of 55 million people, GDP of USD 350 Billion, and with 25,000 practicing lawyers. These stats would indicate a level of establishment and maturity that should make hiring Legal & Compliance talent a relatively straightforward proposition. In some ways that is true. The talent pool in South Africa is full of some exceptional lawyers and Compliance professionals. What proves challenging – beyond South Africa’s political and economic turmoil in recent years – is the affirmative action legislation that informs, and in many cases dictates, how companies hire in South Africa. This was something we highlighted in last year’s report, but is still such an acute challenge, that it is worth discussing again, both in terms of its practical effects on hiring, and the wider implications for the talent pool in South Africa.
The 2019 Global In-House Report is an overview of hiring trends from a variety of sources, from the local knowledge of experienced consultants to our regional salary guides through to general market sentiment derived from interviews with senior contacts.
Above is an extract from the South Africa section. The full report contains market insights for Germany, BeNeLux, Italy, the Middle East, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and North America.