These are the most sought-after skills in the legal sector right now

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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.


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