The Legal Recruitment Update from London and the South East in the last quarter shows that ‘support’ is in demand.
Over the last quarter I have noticed a sharp increase in the need for high-quality support staff across the South East of England.
Areas of Difficulty
Firms have been struggling to recruit candidates in certain areas of Law such as private client and conveyancing.
Finding candidates with the experience and the skill set to go straight into a busy team has proved to be a bit more challenging over the last quarter, although the market hasn’t necessarily slowed down.
Clients continue to comment on how busy they are due to the demand for their services and if anything, this quarter has been as, if not more demanding than the previous quarter for good quality legal candidates.
Busy Home Counties
The home counties have particularly struggled to recruit solicitors into their corporate & commercial teams due to a lack of investment in previous years. Unfortunately this lack of investment means that corporate and commercial solicitors really are in short supply.
I am optimistic that London and the South East will continue to be a busy region in the UK and as a result – the demand for legal professionals will remain constant.
Although the capital initially felt the effects of Brexit, the amount of work available in the region remains relatively high and I don’t see this changing going into the final quarter.
Location-based salary gaps between London and the rest of the South East continue to be the stumbling block for legal professionals wishing to move away from work in the city. The challenge going into the next quarter and going into the New Year will be matching the right candidates with the right firms for the right salary.
You can download the full legal movement update for London and the South East here: Legal Movement Update – Quarter 3 – London & the South East