Legal Executive Demand July 1st, 2006
Demand for legal executives on the rise; hiring of IT, Marketing, HR executives up
The demand for legal executives is on the rise across the country, according to a recent study by LawCrossing.com. Legal firms have also increased their hiring of Information Technology Executives, Marketing Executives and Human Resources Executives.
Legal professionals are needed in nearly all practice areas around the country, with government and in-house counsel leading the trend, according to the study conducted between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of this year.
While demand is high nationwide, vacancies in the West spiked 63 percent, with the most significant increase in the government sector, jumping to 150 percent.
“2005 was a great year for attorneys in the U.S., and that trend is continuing in 2006. (February’s) growth in the West has been remarkable," said LawCrossing CEO A. Harrison Barnes. “Elsewhere, growth has been more cautious, with Mid-Atlantic and South regions exhibiting more temperate growth than the West.”
“The federal government is expanding,” Barnes said in response to growing demand in that sector. “There is a real need to fill openings created by that expansion; and across the country, we’re seeing government on all levels becoming a leading employer of attorneys.”
In-house positions showed significant growth in all regions as well, climbing by 19 percent in the Mid-Atlantic region and reaching 80 percent in the West. Law firm vacancies, while climbing more slowly, have expanded overall, with the West, again, leading the way.
Along with Legal Executives, firms are increasing their hiring of Information Technology Executive, Human Resource Executives and Marketing Executives. IT hiring topped 103 percent, with Human Resource positions jumping 130 percent, and Marketing at 161 percent.
“To stay competitive, law firms are hiring more and more IT professionals and increasing their marketing departments to seek out new clients and retain the current ones. Human resource professionals are needed to support that change.” Barnes explained.
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