Legal hiring managers on the hunt for talent with 91% looking to hire

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Legal professionals are in a strong position to look for new opportunities with 91% of legal hiring managers planning to hire legal professionals in the second half of 2015. 

The results of the Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey have also revealed that employers are seeking professionals across a broad range of levels of seniority.

61% said that they would be seeking mid level executives and 61% also said they would be looking to on junior staff. 35% plan to recruit personnel at management level.

Economic growth drives recruitment strategy

Strong anticipated business growth is the biggest factor behind most employers' recruitment strategies (77%) closely followed by budgeting for recruitment (68%).

"Increased confidence in the UK economy is leading many employers to anticipate strong growth throughout the second half of the year. To take advantage of the boom, many firms are planning to hire new staff to cope with additional business," said Sam Walters, associate director for legal recruitment at Robert Walters. 

"We are seeing particularly high demand for all levels in a counter cyclical environment, triggered largely by increased corporate activity a increased regulatory investigation." 

Legal employers seeking permanent staff

The results also showed that employers are continuing to favour permanent recruitment over hiring contractors with 48% of those surveyed saying they would be mainly advertising permanent roles. Just 9% said that they would be looking primarily for contractors; a fall of 8% compared to the first half of the year. 

The results also showed that employers are continuing to favour permanent recruitment over hiring contractors with 48% of those surveyed saying they would be mainly advertising permanent roles.

"The decline in demand for contractors is starting to show. This can be attributed to law firms and in house organisations having access to permanent headcount more so than when the economy was punctuated," Sam Walters continued. 

"While some opportunities for short-term project work do exist, such as roles within banking litigation and corporate M&A (specific time frames) employers are largely favouring permanent hires."

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