“Law firms in many markets are expanding their first-year and summer associate programs,” says Sara Lutecki, division director, Robert Half Legal. “We’re also seeing large firms starting to boost starting salaries for new associates and tenured attorneys.”
Robert Half Legal’s Annual Salary Guide for 2017, which was released Oct. 6, forecasts steady improvement in the legal job market in Canada over the year ahead. The guide points to the residential and commercial real estate sector as a driving force behind an uptick in employment across the country. Boutique law firms, mid-size firms and companies are doing the bulk of the hiring, says the guide.
Lutecki says employers are placing a premium on interpersonal skills and technological proficiency when evaluating candidates.