Important Factors To Consider That Affect Your Legal Talent Planning in 2021
- December 9, 2020
Talent planning in 2021 – how can law firms ensure they are attracting and retaining the best talent in a job landscape that has been altered significantly by the pandemic?
In recent years, the U.K. legal profession has changed to meet client demands in terms of staffing, regulatory changes, the services that they offer – all in an increasingly skills-short market.
Skills shortages have become the norm in many areas of law, with mid-level professionals the most sought-after demographic; digitally skilled employees are also in high-demand, particularly since the pandemic.
Rapid growth in certain areas of law this year, namely Property Law, Conveyancing and Family Law, has only added to the challenge of finding exceptional candidates who say ‘yes’ to your job offers.
Today, we look at what factors are going to affect talent planning in the legal sector in 2021, and what your law firm must do to react.
Planning Your Talent Pipeline to Avoid Potential Risk Factors
Starting the new year by focusing on filling your talent pipeline is a must for any law firm looking to make a success of 2021.
Identifying potential future roles for your changing law firm is a must. Think about how your organisation is likely to change, or areas you want to expand into.
There may not appear to be any signs of your current team leaving, but when you assume that no-one is planning to leave, this puts you in a risky position.
If your top family law solicitor handed in their resignation tomorrow, would you have anyone lined up to take their place?
With such a strain on many areas of law currently like family, property and conveyancing, the team’s workload would become unmanageable if a position lay vacant.
Working on your talent pipeline involves a focus on your employer brand; your online presence. Are you promoting your brand online as a great employer? Is your website mobile friendly? Do you regularly engage with legal professionals across your socials?
Building your talent pipeline takes work, and it’s easier when you work with a legal recruiter who will guide you through all the various stages involved.
Don’t let the potential risk of an unexpected vacancy get in the way of your success this year – start planning your talent pipeline now.
Finally, let’s look at how 2021 budgets could affect your legal talent planning.
Getting the Most Out of Your Budget
Legal business leaders understand just how essential budgets are going to be in 2021.
You will only have a set amount towards recruitment, and in our post-pandemic world, budgets are getting tighter everywhere.
One way businesses try to save money is by slashing budgets, but what smart law firms do is make sure that they are getting the most out of the funding they do have.
This means working with a recruiter who guarantees your investment and offers money-back guarantees to ensure peace of mind, like Clayton Legal.
When you are working with a tight recruitment budget, getting the best ROI is vital.
The cost of a bad hire can run deeply into your business. From interruptions to workflow, wasted time and training costs, and the cost to re-hire – wherever you are spending your recruitment budget in 2021, it needs to be with a recruiter who will guarantee your investment.
Talent Attraction – What do Candidates Want in 2021?
Knowing what you want from your legal candidates and finding them are two very different things. Our recruitment services are often called in when employers are struggling to find candidates with the right skills, attributes and attitude – the right mix can be hard to find, especially in a world where legal job roles and priorities are changing.
From the candidates we speak to, we have identified three areas to focus on which will help you attract and retain top legal talent.
Training and development – The pandemic might have got in the way of learning and developing in your law firm this year. Still, the most valuable candidates are looking for companies where they will be continually developed.
Digital focus – Alongside legal and personal development training, legal employers who are keeping ahead of the digital curve will also attract the best talent. Law firms that struggle to offer comprehensive digital tools and training in a world where remote working is on the rise could fall behind.
Flexible arrangements – Since the pandemic, employees are more aware of the benefits of a hybrid working culture. Employers who can offer the choice to work from the office, from home or a mix of the two will attract a broader range of candidates.
In an ever-increasing skills-short market, failing to offer what candidates are really looking for could affect your recruiting process.
Getting your recruitment offer right is just one factor involved in talent planning.
Talk to Clayton Legal today about how we always guarantee your investment, and how our expert recruitment process will add value to your law firm.
About Clayton Legal
Clayton Legal has been partnering with law firms across the country since 1999 and during that time has built up an enviable reputation for trust and reliability. We have made over 5,000 placements from partners to legal executives, solicitors to paralegals and legal IT personnel to practice managers.
If you are building your legal team or looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.