Certain skills are emerging as in demand based on vacancy activity, according to the July to December “Hays Jobs Report.”
The report revealed that 47% of employers expect to hire more permanent staff, while 22% expect to increase use of temporary and contract staff. According to the “2018-19 Hays Salary Guide,” 24% of employers already use temporary and contract staff, up one percentage point from last year.
These are the most in-demand lawyers and skills, according to Hays:
- Inhouse construction and property lawyers with at least three years’ PQE
- Residential and commercial conveyancers
- Commercial litigation lawyers with general commercial skills
- Commercial contract lawyers
- Legal counsel with relevant industry experience
- Lawyers with three to eight years PAE, particularly in commercial property, commercial litigation, construction, construction litigation, and family law
- Experienced partners with portable practices
- Registered migration agents and immigration lawyers
- Lawyers with financial regulatory experience
- Commercial and probity experience, with ICT procurement expertise
- Freedom of information officers
- Legal policy officers
- Commercial and generalist lawyers with inhouse government backgrounds
Two thirds of employers will give in-house legal professionals a pay raise of less than 3% in their next review. About a tenth will not increase salaries. A fifth intend to give staff 3% to 6% salary increases. Only 6% of employers will give increases of 6% or more.
In-house counsel shouldn’t expect a big pay bump this year
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