Hiring woes reported by two-thirds of surveyed lawyers with hiring authority

Lawyers with hiring authority are expressing frustration with their ability to find skilled legal professionals.

Sixty-four percent of the lawyers surveyed by Robert Half Legal said finding skilled legal professionals is somewhat or very challenging, an increase of 14 percentage points from a similar survey six months ago, the New Jersey Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.

The survey was based on 200 telephone interviews with lawyers, half of whom worked at law firms with 20 or more employees, and half of whom worked at companies with 1,000 or more employees. A press release is here.

Thirty-nine percent of the surveyed lawyers expressed concern about losing legal personnel to other job opportunities, an increase of eight percentage points from the previous survey.

Thirty-nine percent of the lawyers cited litigation as the area that will provide the greatest number of job opportunities in the second half of 2015. The second most popular answer was general business and commercial law, cited by 17 percent of the lawyers.

The type of litigator who will have the best job opportunities in coming months will be insurance defense lawyers, according to the survey.

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