Both in-house and private-practice employers are on the hunt for lawyers who have these specialties
According to the company’s recruitment specialists, the legal job market remains strong in Australia. Candidates also continue to move in-house, but both in-house and private practice are still recruiting.
On the in-house side, Hays said that temporary and contract roles continue to arise as existing teams need legal professionals for new projects. The company said, however, that “permanent jobs are far more prevalent.”
In-house recruiters continue to put importance on soft skills, sometimes even more than technical abilities, as employers want team members who fit well with organisational and team cultures.
For in-house roles, employers are looking for:
- Mid- to senior-level construction and property lawyers, particularly in the eastern states, and for lawyers who come from reputable private-practice backgrounds
- Property paralegals
- Public-sector legal professionals with high-level policy experience, particularly at the state level
- Mid- to senior-level general commercial lawyers
- Mid- to senior-level technology, media, and telecommunications lawyers
- Banking and finance lawyers
- Lawyers with company secretarial experience
Demand for lawyers with two to four years PQE is also rising because of the continued move in-house. Private-practice employers are offering perks – such as flexible work hours, four-day work weeks or every second Friday off – to attract candidates, Hays said.
Private practice recruiters are looking for the following:
- Conveyancers and conveyancing paralegals
- Banking and finance lawyers, particularly those in the areas of property finance, project, and asset finance
- Planning and environment lawyers, especially in southeast Queensland
- Family lawyers
- Wills and estates lawyers
- Insurance and litigation lawyers
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