Hiring levels within the legal profession are expected to slow as the holiday season approaches, but in the early stages of quarter four, contract and commercial lawyers are in demand.
According to the latest quarterly Legal Job Market Update released today (21 October) by Robert Walters, contract specialists and general commercial lawyers in the mining and resources sector are highly sought-after.
The market update also reports that demand for private practice litigation and construction lawyers will continue to rise as firms lose staff to in-house opportunities within the mining and resources sector.
"As hiring activity slows down towards the end of the year, job-seekers will need to adapt to the varied pace of some recruitment processes and be patient, as employers will be unlikely to rush making decisions," said Robert Walters senior legal consultant Ryan Webster.
Additionally, while salary levels will remain stable, the job market update reports that some highly-experienced lawyers may be able to command higher salaries from employers looking to entice them to change roles within key industries.