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Junior vs Senior: where are the most opportunities in the job market?

Junior vs Senior: where are the most opportunities in the job market?

With Julia Puntoriero, associate director - Australia, Asia and London, EJ GroupDuring the downturn there were less junior level positions for a few reasons: the first being that firms were…

With Julia Puntoriero, associate director - Australia, Asia and London, EJ Group

During the downturn there were less junior level positions for a few reasons: the first being that firms were re-strategising internal­ly. This involved junior lawyers being re-seated from slower to busier areas to save making re­dundancies. This was also a suc­cessful way to retain staff without having to re-hire.

As junior lawyers are more mal­leable and generally less spe­cialised, this reduced the need to hire externally into those areas, whereas now there is definitely an increase in both junior and senior roles. The recent hiring requirements for lawyers of all levels are still with­in those target practice areas like lit­igation, insurance, commercial em­ployment and construction. However, now firms are also re-hiring into their property, finance and corporate teams which is a great sign of things definitely picking up and there being an opportunity for everyone.

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