Jody Arbanas 2014-01-29 23:36:55
2014 Legal Salary Guide: Business Growth Prompts Hiring Jody Arbanas is the Phoenix branch director for Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing firm specializing in the placement of attorneys, paralegals, legal administrators and other legal professionals with law firms and corporate legal departments. The company also provides managed review and e-discovery services. For more information, contact their Phoenix team at (602) 977-0505 or firstname.lastname@example.org According to the latest Salary Guide from Robert Half Legal, 2014 is off to a good start for legal professionals. Starting salaries for legal positions in the United States are anticipated to rise 2.7 percent, on average, as law firms and corporate legal departments plan to hire staff to support renewed business activity, comply with new regulations and manage rising workloads. With corporations and law firms looking to hire from the same talent pool, many employers are making the necessary changes in compensation to attract top talent and retain valued employees. Additionally, multiple employment offers, signing bonuses and counteroffers are becoming more common as organizations compete for top candidates. Who’s Hiring in Arizona? The low cost of living in Arizona is contributing to the rebounding real-estate market which is driving the demand for legal professionals who have experience in corporate/real estate law, both transactional and litigation. Intellectual property is another area with strong potential. Since Phoenix tends to be a transient market, personal injury, insurance defense and family law demands are driving the need for family law paralegals, contracts administrators, insurance defense and personal injury professionals. Hybrid or blended roles continue to be a popular trend, especially for legal support and paralegal roles. And across the board, employers are generally looking for a minimum of five years’ experience and a stable work history. Outlook for Lawyers Now more than ever, employers seek experienced candidates who require little or no training. Law firms of all sizes are actively recruiting senior-level lawyers with portable books of business to expand practice groups or establish new services. Robert Half Legal research shows that practice area expertise, client contacts and reputation are the most important factors when law firms and legal departments hire senior-level associates. The hiring environment for first-year and summer associates is expected to remain conservative. Corporate legal departments are going head-to-head with law firms for experienced candidates as general counsel expand their internal teams to support business growth. In Arizona, general counsel is typically seeking professionals with intellectual property or insurance defense backgrounds, especially those who possess deep knowledge of a particular industry or sector. Looking Ahead Despite an uptick in legal activity, however, many employers are managing conservative budgets and focusing on recruiting experienced candidates who can make immediate contributions. Competition for legal candidates with in-demand skills is tightening. More than half (53 percent) of lawyers surveyed by Robert Half Legal said it is somewhat or very challenging for their law firms or companies to find skilled legal professionals today. For more detailed information on salary and hiring trends, consult the 2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half Legal. A complimentary PDF can be downloaded at http://www.roberthalflegal.com/salary-center.
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