This year’s survey shows that the workforce is changing faster than ever before, as are employee expectations of how, when and where they want to work. There is a general sense that law firms need to improve in meeting employee expectations and recruiting and retaining talent, reinforced by high staff turnover in the legal sector. We are seeing a demand for firms to digitally upskill their workforce and encourage innovation and transformation, through hiring, training, investment in start-ups/labs, or alternative workplaces.
We are seeing a gradual trend of increasing female representation at partner level, while at trainee level, firms continue to recruit more females than males. BAME representation at partner level remains flat, but has slightly grown at trainee grade.