Route1 introduces signing on bonuses for all its candidates

05 February 2019

Route1 sign-on bonus

Here at Route1, we pride ourselves on being thought leaders in legal recruitment. Among our many innovations:

  • Route1 was the first (and remain the only) platform solution in legal recruitment
  • Route1 is the only recruitment solution that brings together all relevant content for your job search in one place
  • Route1 was the first recruitment solution to make charitable donations for every associate hire we make
  • Route1 remains the only recruitment solution that puts the candidate in control of the hiring process

Now we are introducing a signing on bonus of 5% of your salary when you find your next role using Route1. We prefer that you are rewarded for your success – not a recruitment agent.

Why are we doing this?

Word of mouth and recommendations play an important part in the recruitment business and referral schemes are used widely. If you refer some to a recruitment business and they are then placed, you might get £500, a Fortnum & Mason hamper, or some vouchers to spend at House of Fraser. When we launched Route1, we thought long and hard about this approach and decided that it simply works to attract the wrong kind of candidate.

So we introduced a referral scheme with a difference – initially introducing charitable donations for referrals, and then making charitable donations with every hire we made.

Now we are taking this approach a step further. We are a candidate focussed platform, so let’s reward candidate loyalty to us! And at the same time continue to help our clients grow their business by attracting the right candidates and reward them over time.

Our offer to candidates

From today, our candidates will receive a sign-on bonus when they start their new role. The bonus is paid after probationary periods are completed. It’s not a new concept; there are many of our competitors who give a fixed amount to the candidate when they start, but we think we can do more. A lot more. What about a significant sign on bonus? What about 5% of the salary you have worked so hard to achieve? With average NQ salaries in London above £70,000, that would be a bonus of £3,500. Or if they were at a top US firm, a bonus of over £7,000.

What next?

All you have to do is sign up with Route1, find your ideal role and make your applications. And while you’re about it, tell your friends – not for your gain through a referral bonus, but to enable them to use the best recruiting platform in the market and earn them a signing on fee in the process!

Sign up now:

The Route1 Team

Route1 is an award winning marketplace for legal talent. For any questions, please contact our Engagement Team or visit our Contact Us page for more information.


We have big ambitions to permanently change the way people hire and get hired, both in the legal and other white collar sectors, using GDPR compliant, content-rich, value-added recruitment techniques. We place transparency, charity, and candidate control at the heart of our model.

Route1 was founded in the UK in 2015 and is headquartered in London. Our founders and investors include experienced lawyers, digital entrepreneurs, recruitment consultants and HR professionals.

Route1 is an award winning marketplace for legal talent. For any questions, please contact our Engagement Team or visit our Contact Us page for more information.

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