Tomorrow we will be attending the LLG Weekend School 2019 and will be based at stand 23.
Venn Group’s Legal division has extensive experience recruiting into this sector, and we are looking forward to engaging with thought leaders and legal experts over the course of the conference.
Ahead of the event, we asked our representatives for insight on market trends within their regions, which they will be happy to discuss with attendees.
Suborna Akthar - London & South East
Suborna has worked on London’s public sector legal team since July 2017 and recruits locum staff into public sector organisations in London, Essex, Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
“Across the South East of England, we have seen an increase in flexibility with regards to remote and alternative working arrangements. With regards to the average length of interim contracts, 91% of the candidates placed through us have been in assignments that have lasted over three months.
Our team is continuing to grow, and since January 2016 our presence in the locum market has increased by 55%. Busy areas in this particular quarter include childcare, commercial contracts and senior level roles including Legal Services Managers and Heads of Legal.”
Emily Kirkpatrick - North
Emily is a Senior Executive Consultant and has 4 years of experience recruiting for the public sector legal market with Venn Group. Working as part of a highly experienced team in our Leeds office, she has established numerous business relationships with a large portfolio of clients and candidates in North East England, North West England, North Wales and Scotland.
“Current market trends include a rise in the demand for governance locums, due the introduction of GDPR and the need to review and implement policies within local authorities. We have also seen a move towards local authorities offering more flexible working arrangements to attract a wider pool of candidates; this includes increased homeworking, flexible start and finish times and assignments that fall outside IR35.”
Michael Attwood – South West
Michael covers the South West, incorporating South Wales, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset. He has worked at Venn Group for 13 years and is highly established within his market.
“We have seen an increase in SEN work, particularly in South Wales as a consequence of recent legislation increasing the statutory obligations upon local authorities to provide special needs education. Furthermore, the unrelenting drive of brownfield development and the need for affordable housing has meant that the market for experienced planning lawyers has been exceptionally buoyant, so rates have steadily been increasing in line with demand.”
Philippa Turner - Midlands
Philippa has been with Venn Group for 8 years and manages a team that covers the East and West Midlands, East Anglia and the Northern Home Counties.
“Current market trends show a shortage of quality candidates in most areas of law, although childcare law seems the busiest. This has meant that hourly rates have been driven up, as demand is heavily outweighing supply at present. Huge regeneration and development projects, including the upcoming Commonwealth Games and HS2 projects, in the Birmingham area have seen a demand for specialist commercial property and contracts locums in the West Midlands. We have also seen an increase in property and planning locums within a number of the smaller borough and district councils across the regions, due to regeneration plans within more rural areas.”