Guaranteed 5% sign-on bonus for all Route1 candidates

At Route1, we pride ourselves on being thought leaders in legal recruitment. We want to change recruitment, for the better. This involves putting candidates – not recruiters – at the centre of the process, promoting transparency and creating trust.

As part of this, we are now introducing a guaranteed signing on bonus of 5% of a candidate’s salary when they find their next Associate role using Route1. We prefer that you, the candidate, are rewarded for your success.


Referral rewards have long been a part of recruitment, but candidates are rarely rewarded for their part in the process – apart from finding their ideal job, of course! When Route1 launched, we replaced a referral scheme with a charitable donation for every associate hire we make: £500 to War Child and £500 to the Employer’s chosen charity.

From the start, Route1 has always been a candidate-focussed platform, so let’s reward those candidates that choose to find a new Associate role through us. After all, it is you that are going to help us change the recruitment market! So, from now on, all of our Associates will receive a guaranteed sign-on bonus when they start their new role.

It’s not a new concept in the developing shakeup of the recruitment market – there are many of our competitors who give a fixed amount to the candidate when they start, passing on the cost savings. For example, Lex-Step give their candidates £2,500. But we know that Route1 can do more. With average NQ salaries in London above £70,000, that would be a bonus of £3,500. Or, if you were starting at a top US firm, a bonus of over £7,000. This amount naturally increases the more senior you get.


All you have to do is sign up with Route1, search for your ideal role, and make your applications. It’s that simple. When you are successful and start your new job, we’ll give you 5% of your basic salary in two tranches.

For any questions on our guaranteed sign-on bonus, or to discuss your career options with Route1, speak to our Engagement Team.