Type of work, not high wage fulfils lawyers
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.