I last talked about the market in April when firms were still settling into/ struggling to adapt to home working. Since then we have seen things move forward.
The majority of firms that I talk to are now operating in their offices to some extent. Many have a 20-25% workforce presence at the office, some have just enough staff in to answer the phones and handle the post with all fee earners working from home unless there is a reason to meet people at the office. There has certainly been a shift towards the acceptance of home working and a realisation that output and results are the best indication of dedication and effort. Hopefully we will see a permanent shift away from ‘presenteeism’ (the need to be seen at the office come what may) as the norm.
This month: Legal jobs market overview
In terms of job roles, we are seeing more and more firms return to recruiting for key roles where they are busy. Interviews both face to face and remotely have resumed as firms push into the future.
We are seeing roles in family, employment law, commercial property, litigation and private client and whilst the numbers are not where they were at the early part of the year there are some great options out there. We are also talking to some in-house organisations who are still doing well within their own industries.
Across the board the world still turns and you might be thinking, like many others, that you are keen to move your career forward. We are still happy to help and have ongoing online sessions to support you. We have helped solicitors, legal execs and fee earners alike who are in less than ideal circumstances. Whilst we can never promise that your perfect role is around the corner, we can certainly keep a watch on the market and make sure that we keep you informed of what is out there; to help you move your own career plans forward.
2020 might yet give you something positive!