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Legal Departments are Transforming Their Workforces from Within

How are Legal hiring managers filling the need for specific workplace skills? They seem to be shifting their focus to retaining, upskilling, and reskilling their current workforce.

In our Compensation & Workforce Trends Survey, we found that a mere 15% of the legal hiring managers we surveyed said that they plan to hire new, full-time employees to fill the increased need for specific workplace skills. So, how are they filling the need for those skills? They seem to be shifting their focus to retaining, upskilling, and reskilling their current workforce.

 

We took an in-depth look at these trends and more in our 2022 Workforce Trends: Legal report. Here’s a brief overview of the intel we gathered from legal hiring managers:

 

  • Since the pandemic, legal hiring managers have found it increasingly difficult to find candidates with financial management skills (40%), adaptivity/creativity skills (39%), and leadership skills (36%).
  • 55% of hiring managers say they plan to close the skills gap by identifying and upskilling high potential employees within their organizations
  • 46% say they plan to reskill current employees to be redeployed
  • 54% say they plan to allow more flexible work schedules
  • 47% say they plan to increase investment in good workplace culture
  • 38% say they plan to increase investment in upskilling/training opportunities
  • 33% say they plan to offer better employer benefits

 

Want more insights and analysis on how legal teams are retaining and upskilling their talent to overcome their skills gaps? Download our 2022 Workforce Trends: Legal report today.