Legal professionals buck the high street’s downward trend
Despite high street store closures remaining at a historic high, candidates’ demand for legal jobs in e-commerce and traditional retail endured for another month in August.
Recent PricewaterhouseCoopers research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) revealed that a record-breaking 2,481 stores disappeared from the UK’s 500 busiest high streets in 2018, equating to 16 store closures per day.
Agile as ever, the TotallyLegal audience demonstrated dexterity and adaptability in response to this change, turning to e-commerce in their search for legal jobs.
Last month, the number of applications per vacancy (APV) for e-commerce legal jobs on TotallyLegal grew month-on-month and year-on-year by 157% and 15% respectively.
But while competition remains tough, there are plenty of opportunities in e-commerce to go around: the number of law jobs in e-commerce listed on TotallyLegal last month saw annual growth of 110%.
However, some job seeking legal professionals remained loyal to more traditional forms of commerce, with APV for FMCG & Retail rising by 26% month-on-month and 49% year-on-year.
As we approach the fourth quarter and the slow build up to Christmas, it remains to be seen whether the supply of e-commerce jobs continues to satisfy the demand of legal professionals.