New opportunities for legal professionals as advertised vacancy levels soar by 15%

17 Sep, 2013

Legal vacancies posted on key job boards increased in number by just under 15% in the quarter, according to the newly released European Job Index by professional recruiter, Robert Walters.


The Index, which tracks increases in advertised jobs in both the UK and other parts of Europe, pointed to an overall rise of 14.9% in the number of vacancies available.


Activity in Scotland in particular has flourished, the Index highlighting a massive 434% rise in job advertisements targeting legal professionals. Vacancy levels also rose significantly in the North East and North West, by 17%, followed by London (9.5%) and the Midlands (6.4%).


The figures contrast with sluggish or declining demand for legal professionals in a number of European countries. Advertised vacancy levels in the same period dipped by 2% in France, in the Netherlands by 1% and in Spain by 5%.


Colin Loth (pictured), Director of Legal Recruitment for Robert Walters, comments: “We are delighted to be publishing these figures, which underline a solid quarter of growth in recruitment activity in the legal sector. In London especially we are seeing multiple drivers of growth, although those with experience in financial services roles, banking, funds and debt capital markets are in especially acute demand.


“Particularly pleasing has been the evidence of a rise in vacancy levels across different regions of the country. Job seekers in the Midlands have been benefitting as law firms and companies look to locate some of their functions to the region. We also feel the results from the Index support our recent establishment of a legal recruitment team in Manchester.”  

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