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Legal jobs up in face of continued slump

Legal jobs up in face of continued slump

Recruitment in the legal sector is showing signs of recovery while other industries continue to suffer in the wake of the GFC, according to research released by the Australian Chamber of…

Recruitment in the legal sector is showing signs of recovery while other industries continue to suffer in the wake of the GFC, according to research released by the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and Westpac.

Data released Thursday revealed the past three months have seen recruitment rise by 3.5 per cent in professional services firms including lawyers, accountants and engineers.

The figures also showed that growth over the past 12 months is now at 11.6 per cent in these industries.

But while the findings provide positive news for those in the legal industry, elsewhere the outlook is not so bright.

The retail and transport job markets have remained stagnant, with retail employment down 2.9 per cent in the past year - following a 0.7 per cent fall in the past three months.

Generally though, Greg Evans, director of Economics and Industry Policy at ACCI, said the net employment outcome was stronger than predicted: "The overall outlook presented by the March quarter 2010 survey is generally solid but some key indicators have remained mixed," he said.

"Economic activity has been strengthening, but some fragile areas still remain."

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