RIGHT NOW is as good a time as any to ask for a pay rise if you are practising law in commercial property, litigation, or construction, the number of jobs in those fields on the Lawyers Weekly job board suggests.
With more than 250 jobs live on www.lawyersweekly.com.au as this print edition went to press this week, lawyers with experience in any of these perennial favourites of the top-end of town are hugely in demand.
Commercial property is the clear favourite, representing 17 per cent of all jobs posted on the site (nearly 50 specific roles), highlighting a shortage of lawyers with the necessary skills in the practice area compared to the demand.
Litigation and dispute resolution represents 13 per cent of the roles on offer, while construction roles make up 11 per cent of the total jobs posted online.
International roles continue to make their presence felt, representing nearly 25 per cent of the jobs on offer. However, the hottest region on offer is Brisbane, which has nearly 100 jobs listed.
Lawyers Weekly’s job board is unique in that it displays roles next to the relevant practice profiles on the homepage, making appropriate roles easily accessible for lawyers potentially seeking alternative employment.
Lawyers Weekly also represents a far more readily explainable website to be found in a lawyer’s cache than a sole-purpose employment site or the website of a legal recruiter during business hours. The likelihood of sending a partner at the firm into conniptions, therefore, is that much less likely.
All of these positives have proven a success for the website, which since being launched in 2003 has seen its traffic steadily grow until it now attracts an average of around 25,000 unique visitors every month, viewing more than 100,000 pages.
In-house remains a growth area for lawyers with more than 20 roles on the site, while banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as insurance are all signalling robust demand with more than 60 roles represented on the site between them.
However, employment prospects for lawyers have remained strong across the board with only four of the nominated practice areas not having at least one job on offer.
Perhaps a little surprisingly, however, is energy and resources, which only represents 3 per cent of the total jobs on offer, seeing it just miss out on a top 10 berth.