Where the Legal Jobs are in the First Half of 2017

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By Robert Half December 15, 2016 at 7:08am

WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2017

  First half of 2017 Second half of 2016
Expanding/adding new positions 30% 33%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 48% 53%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 12% 7%
Reducing/eliminating positions 3% 3%

Lawyers were asked, Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of 2017?

31% Litigation
26% General business/corporate law
14% Real estate
5% Regulatory or compliance
4% Privacy, data security and information law
4% Labor and employment

Lawyers were asked, Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the first half of 2017?

41% Commercial litigation
35% Insurance defense
26% Employment
12% Personal/family law

*Multiple responses were permitted.

Only top responses are shown.

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 150 lawyers with the largest law firms and legal departments in Canada

© 2016 Robert Half Legal