Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Lawyers: loyal, or lucky?

Results of the The 2014 Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey have now been published, though the email circular announcing them didn't have any obvious link to them. According to the circular:
"Legal professionals are more likely to stay with their employer for longer [especially when they're self-employed?], the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle shows.

Lawyering can be a dream job ...
Only 30% say they would start looking for a new job after less than three years, down from 32% a year ago [that's not a big difference: is it statistically significant?] The result means that legal professionals are among the most loyal groups of staff [is it loyalty, or the fact that they're lucky: career progressions are more predictable and stable in law than in notoriously volatile sectors like marketing and IT] in the UK, ahead of marketing (65% would commence their job search after three years or less), projects (60%) and IT (52%).

The figures reveal that legal specialists are also more likely to clock up longer average working weeks than other professionals. 42% put in 50 hours per week or more – 2% more than in 2013, and a significantly larger share than in marketing (21%), HR (25%) or accountancy (30%) [we didn't need a survey to tell us this ...]. ...".
Any thoughts from the IP sectors?  Over the years I've written far fewer references for people in the patent sector than for trade marks or copyright.  Do they move around less?

1 comment:

  1. Not many IP jobs going for qualified professionals so my guess is people are stuck.

    Plenty of jobs for the unqualified, or to be kind, part-qualified. But then, that's because private practice firms think more about their take-home than quality of output.