Legal jobs on the rise as employers battle to hire the best

30 Oct, 2014

Figures recorded at both yearly and quarterly intervals suggest renewed growth in the legal jobs market, according to fresh research from Robert Walters.

The recruiter’s UK Job Index shows that, for the year to date, the total number of advertised legal vacancies increased by 23% from 2013-14.

The Index works by tracking changes to the volume of jobs added to leading online boards and websites.

At 27%, London generated the biggest year-on-year increase of any region in the country. Businesses across the Midlands delivered an 18% boost in legal roles, while hiring in the North West remained flat.

As well as a steep year-on-year increase, the Index also points to an 8% rise in vacancies between the second and third quarters of 2014.

Colin Loth, Director of Legal Recruitment at Robert Walters, comments:

“Many of these increases can be broadly linked to the scale of the economic recovery. Rising business confidence has delivered a positive ‘rippling effect’ throughout much of the legal sector, boosting demand and prompting legal professionals to consider new career opportunities.

“Hiring across transactional disciplines, including property, corporate and banking & finance, has been particularly robust.

“To establish clear blue water from the competition, employers are advised to speed up hiring and demonstrate greater flexibility on benefits and bonuses to fill vacancies with their first choice candidates.”

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