The State of Legal Hiring - Infographic

By on December 11, 2019 at 8:00am

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STATE OF LEGAL HIRING — U.S.

First Half of 2020

54% of lawyers plan to expand their legal teams.

Of those planning to expand, 90% plan to staff at least some open roles on a temporary, project or consulting basis.

TOP FULL-TIME LEGAL JOBS BEING ADDED:

1. Lawyer (63%)
2. Compliance specialist (45%)
3. Data privacy specialist (39%)

TOP CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYERS WHEN HIRING AN ATTORNEY, ASIDE FROM LEGAL KNOWLEDGE:

1. Practice area expertise (40%)
2. Industry/sector knowledge (14%)
3. Technology skills/digital expertise (12%)

(Multiple responses were permitted. Top responses are shown.)

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of more than 350 lawyers with law firms and companies in the U.S.

© 2019 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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STATE OF LEGAL HIRING — U.S.

First Half of 2020

PRACTICE AREAS EXPECTED TO OFFER THE GREATEST NUMBER OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Litigation (27%)
Privacy, data security and information law (16%)
General business or commercial law (14%)

AREAS OF LITIGATION EXPECTED TO OFFER THE GREATEST NUMBER OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Commercial litigation (39%)
Insurance defense (33%)
Securities and corporate governance (31%)
(Multiple responses were permitted. Top responses are shown.)

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of more than 350 lawyers with law firms and companies in the U.S.

© 2019 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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STATE OF LEGAL HIRING — U.S.

First Half of 2020

87% of lawyers said it is challenging to find skilled legal professionals today.

GREATEST CHALLENGES WHEN HIRING SKILLED LEGAL PROFESSIONALS:

1. Shortage of qualified candidates (47%)
2. Offering competitive benefits (17%)
3. Meeting salary expectations (17%)

76% of lawyers are concerned about losing top legal performers to other opportunities.

BEST RETENTION INCENTIVES, ASIDE FROM COMPENSATION OR BONUS:

1. Flexible work arrangements (33%)
2. Professional development opportunities
3. Challenging work or variety of assignments (23%)

(Top responses are shown.)

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of more than 350 lawyers with law firms and companies in the U.S.

© 2019 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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