Where the Legal Jobs are in the Second Half of 2016

By Elisa Mora on June 16, 2016 at 7:56am


Lawyers were asked, “Which of the following best describes your company’s hiring plans?”

Second half of 2016 First half of 2016
Expanding/adding new positions 33% 23%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 53% 56%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 7% 17%
Reducing/eliminating positions 3% 2%

Lawyers were asked, “Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the second half of 2016?”

36% Litigation
25% General business/corporate law
12% Real Estate
7% Privacy, data security and information law
5% Intellectual property
5% Regulatory or compliance

Lawyers were asked, “Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the second half of 2016?”*

46% Commercial litigation
44% Insurance defence
13% Employment
8% Personal injury

*Multiple responses were permitted.

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

© 2016 Robert Half Legal

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