Legal Professionals Confident About Job Prospects - Kelly Law Registry Survey

41 percent expect to change jobs in search of better opportunities

and more money



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kelly Services, Inc.

    TROY, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More money and greater challenge are
 the reasons why 41 percent of legal professionals expect to make a job change
 within three years, according to a nationwide survey of more than 1,400
 lawyers and paralegals commissioned by the Kelly Law Registry, a business unit
 of staffing leader Kelly Services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991208/KELLYLOGO )
     Despite the economic slowdown, 74 percent of all legal professionals
 surveyed are confident they can find other jobs with pay and benefits equal to
 or better than their current positions.
     "This very affluent group of achievers appears to be restless, hard
 working, and seeking challenges and more money," said Terrence Murphy, vice
 president of Kelly Law Registry.  "We offer the flexibility and lifestyle that
 these legal professionals want.  Kelly also provides a variety of temporary
 and permanent positions in large law firms and corporations."
     The study also reveals that the majority of legal professionals believe
 additional training and education are necessary for career advancement and the
 opportunity to earn higher salaries.  They also believe it is their personal
 responsibility to get this training, not their employers.
     "Since the Kelly Law Registry began in 1987, we have seen a continuing
 trend building toward free-agent workers," said Murphy.  "This study confirms
 what we have seen, that these legal professionals have a great deal of
 confidence in the market's demand for their skills and they take
 responsibility and initiative for their own success."
 
     Paralegals confident in their ability to find a job
     In general, paralegals are characterized as being confident, ambitious and
 having a strong commitment to continuing education.  Forty percent said they
 were confident in their ability to locate a new job.  Sixty-seven percent felt
 they could locate another job in less than a year, and five percent felt they
 could do so within a week.
     The legal worker survey was conducted via mail in the United States in
 December 2000 and January 2001 among a nationwide cross-section of 1,400
 lawyers and paralegals.  Research results are available online at the Kelly
 Services Web site, www.kellyservices.com .
     The Kelly Law Registry, a business unit of Kelly Services, has been in
 operation since 1987, providing legal professionals, including attorneys,
 paralegals, legal administrators, contract administrators and general/senior
 counsel, to more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies across the
 United States.
     Kelly Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB) is a Fortune 500 staffing
 services company headquartered in Troy, Mich., offering human resources
 solutions that include temporary services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor
 on-site and full-time placement.  With more than 2,000 company owned and
 operated offices in 25 countries, Kelly provides to its customers 750,000
 employees annually, with skills including office services, accounting,
 engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, light
 industrial, education and home care.  Sales in 2000 were $4.5 billion.  Visit
 www.kellyservices.com .
 
 

SOURCE Kelly Services, Inc.
    TROY, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- More money and greater challenge are
 the reasons why 41 percent of legal professionals expect to make a job change
 within three years, according to a nationwide survey of more than 1,400
 lawyers and paralegals commissioned by the Kelly Law Registry, a business unit
 of staffing leader Kelly Services.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991208/KELLYLOGO )
     Despite the economic slowdown, 74 percent of all legal professionals
 surveyed are confident they can find other jobs with pay and benefits equal to
 or better than their current positions.
     "This very affluent group of achievers appears to be restless, hard
 working, and seeking challenges and more money," said Terrence Murphy, vice
 president of Kelly Law Registry.  "We offer the flexibility and lifestyle that
 these legal professionals want.  Kelly also provides a variety of temporary
 and permanent positions in large law firms and corporations."
     The study also reveals that the majority of legal professionals believe
 additional training and education are necessary for career advancement and the
 opportunity to earn higher salaries.  They also believe it is their personal
 responsibility to get this training, not their employers.
     "Since the Kelly Law Registry began in 1987, we have seen a continuing
 trend building toward free-agent workers," said Murphy.  "This study confirms
 what we have seen, that these legal professionals have a great deal of
 confidence in the market's demand for their skills and they take
 responsibility and initiative for their own success."
 
     Paralegals confident in their ability to find a job
     In general, paralegals are characterized as being confident, ambitious and
 having a strong commitment to continuing education.  Forty percent said they
 were confident in their ability to locate a new job.  Sixty-seven percent felt
 they could locate another job in less than a year, and five percent felt they
 could do so within a week.
     The legal worker survey was conducted via mail in the United States in
 December 2000 and January 2001 among a nationwide cross-section of 1,400
 lawyers and paralegals.  Research results are available online at the Kelly
 Services Web site, www.kellyservices.com .
     The Kelly Law Registry, a business unit of Kelly Services, has been in
 operation since 1987, providing legal professionals, including attorneys,
 paralegals, legal administrators, contract administrators and general/senior
 counsel, to more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies across the
 United States.
     Kelly Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB) is a Fortune 500 staffing
 services company headquartered in Troy, Mich., offering human resources
 solutions that include temporary services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor
 on-site and full-time placement.  With more than 2,000 company owned and
 operated offices in 25 countries, Kelly provides to its customers 750,000
 employees annually, with skills including office services, accounting,
 engineering, information technology, law, science, marketing, light
 industrial, education and home care.  Sales in 2000 were $4.5 billion.  Visit
 www.kellyservices.com .
 
 SOURCE  Kelly Services, Inc.