Type of work, not high wage ful­fils lawyers

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THE type of work that lawyers do brings them the most job sat­is­fac­tion, a new sur­vey finds. Re­cruit­ment con­sul­tancy Robert Wal­ters says the sur­vey re­sults are con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief in which lawyers are mo­ti­vated by salary and bonuses.

The type of work is the fac­tor that makes lawyers most happy and con­tent in a job for 27 per cent of re­spon­dents, fol­lowed by work­ing for an or­gan­i­sa­tion with a good cul­ture for 24 per cent of lawyers and work col­leagues at 17 per cent.

A lack of ca­reer pro­gres­sion and work­ing for an or­gan­i­sa­tion with a poor cul­ture are what makes lawyers most un­happy in a job for 28 per cent and 17 per cent of re­spon­dents re­spec­tively, al­though 18 per cent cited their work col­leagues.

Se­nior legal con­sul­tant Jenny Ber­mhe­den says the sur­vey high­lights how im­por­tant the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment is for job sat­is­fac­tion.

‘‘To avoid los­ing qual­ity staff, em­ploy­ers will need to place greater fo­cus on re­ten­tion strate­gies and en­sur­ing a pos­i­tive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘Par­tic­u­larly as the legal mar­ket is ex­pected to see an up­swing in hir­ing ac­tiv­ity in the next few months, which will lead to greater de­mand for top tal­ent.’’

The sur­vey also re­veals 53 per cent of re­spon­dents find cul­tural fit as ex­tremely im­por­tant and 43 per cent as rea­son­ably im­por­tant when look­ing for a new em­ployer.

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