Monday, December 20, 2010

A new telephone survey of law firms finds that hiring will increase but employers are more selective

Following up on a post we blogged last week, a recent telephone survey of large and small law firms found that 31% expect to hire staff within the next three months.  Many of the new positions will be in bankruptcy, foreclosure and litigation departments.  However, employers said they are being more selective in their hiring decisions, wishing to hire a person with existing skills who can hit the ground running.

Legal hiring is expected to remain strong through the first quarter of 2011, according to the latest Robert Half Legal Hiring Index. The index, which consists of 200 telephone interviews of employees at both small and large firms found that 31 percent of lawyers plan to hire full-time staff in the next three months.

'Improved business conditions have prompted many law firms and corporate legal departments to hire for critical positions to manage rising workloads and achieve greater efficiencies,' said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. 'Organizations that cut staff levels too deeply during the downturn are now rebuilding their legal teams and seeking candidates specializing in the most active practice areas.'

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'Employers are increasingly selective, hiring job applicants who possess expertise in specific practice areas,' Volkert said. 'Often, firms are under pressure to immediately fill a role, and it can be challenging to swiftly identify the strongest candidate.'

Read more courtesy of the National Jurist online magazine here.


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