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Why now is a great time to be applying for temporary legal jobs

Published on: 22 May 2019

With 43% of respondents expressing interest in contract roles and 55% willing to relocate to benefit their career, our recently published Audience Insight Report revealed that TotallyLegal's audience of legal jobseekers are proactive, flexible and mobile when it comes to their careers.

When considered in the context that 65% of respondents had spent 3 years or less in their current role, these statistics are also indicative of fluidity in the legal job market, low unemployment levels and the opportunity for candidates to explore a range of career options.

Data from April’s REC Report on Jobs supports these observations, suggesting that employers are more frequently turning to temporary staff to support their business, a scarcity of suitable candidates then driving steep increases in pay for day rate and short contract workers.

The report also noted that the number of temporary vacancies in the public and private sectors are on the rise, while skilled legal professionals seeking temporary work are in short supply.

In other words, legal professionals could currently benefit from looking into temporary and contract positions. The TotallyLegal audience in particular – having already demonstrated their proactivity, mobility and interest in contract work – are in a prime position to take on temporary legal jobs with high earning potential.

We’ve gathered some of the most promising temporary and contract legal jobs currently listed on TotallyLegal to give you a taste of the possibilities at your disposal.

Paralegal | Bindmans LLP | London

Bindmans – a reputable London law firm – is currently on the lookout for a Paralegal to support an Associate and Solicitor in their Public Law & Human Rights department for a fixed term contract of 3-6 months. This Paralegal role will see you handle new enquiries, assist fee earners, prepare draft documents and much more for a pro rata salary of £22,765.

Legal Counsel | South London

Situated within the in-house team of an equity research business in South London, this temporary Legal Counsel job offers an excellent daily rate of £400. To be successful in your application you will need to have strong Commercial Contracts experience, knowledge of FCA compliance and immediate availability.

Residential Property Solicitor | Derbyshire

The Residential Property & Conveyancing team of a reputable firm in Derbyshire are currently looking for a Solicitor to join them for an ongoing locum contract role that pays £25.00 - £30.00 per hour. In your application you will need to demonstrate a wealth of experience in a range of work including plot sales, transactions, freehold and leasehold matters.

Legal Counsel | Essex

This interim Legal Counsel role will see you support an established university with a range of legal matters concerning commercial contracts, intellectual property, data protection and more. Offering an hourly rate of £35.00 - £40.00, this role requires applicants to demonstrate 3-6 years of PQE, excellent drafting skills and a strong understanding of GDPR regulations.

Browse TotallyLegal today to discover more of the latest temporary and contract legal jobs across a range of locations, job titles, practice areas and experience levels.