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.