BCL Legal is reporting a 48% increase in permanent in-house legal jobs in the NW so far this year when compared to 2012.
The company attributes the increase to a number of factors, including companies making the decision to utilise more in-house expertise rather than always relying on private practice firms along with more confidence in the wider business community.
The sectors where growth has been strongest are Retail, Energy and Manufacturing whilst commercial lawyers with two to five years’ PQE are in most demand. Around the UK, the firm is also seeing an increase in data protection roles but that particular trend hasn’t reached the North West as yet.
BCL Legal is predicting that, over the next twelve months, demand for in-house lawyers will remain strong.
Mark Levine, director at BCL Legal and head of its in-house team said: “There’s no doubting that the in-house market – just like every other sector – has gone through some challenging years. Businesses had to make some tough decisions and most adopted employment freezes. However, things are most certainly looking more positive with confidence now at a five year high.”
Mark added: “That’s great news for talented in-house lawyers as there are some fantastic opportunities out there and jobs are available where the right candidate can make a real difference.”