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For the last four years TRU Staffing Partners has given the community our annual “Top 10 Predictions” related to the legal technology job market. Last year’s predictions drew attention to new disciplines seeking a place in the legal job market as well as repeat trends building momentum toward becoming new standards in industry hiring practices and talent development.

This year’s prophecies reveal a culmination and realization of several forecasts from years past as well as several new developments (or lack of developments) that are shaping the future of staffing in the legal industry. These observations and deductions aim to help employers and employees anticipate how to maneuver professionally and hire the right talent in the year ahead. Here are TRU’s top 10 predictions for 2019 and how they will impact the hiring practices of law firms, corporations, consultancies, software companies and service providers around the globe:

1. Hiring really goes to the cloud—finally! In 2014, work-from-home opportunities constituted 3.6 percent of all job placements made annually at TRU. By 2018, this had climbed to a whopping 27 percent. More than one out of every four positions filled was virtual. The yearning of legal tech professionals to end commutes and balance life more effectively through working from home has finally reached the once deaf ears of employers in the industry. Hiring managers are now wisely using the ability to work from home as a way to attract and retain talent. Conversely, relocation placements reached an all-time low in 2018, dropping from 26.9 percent of placements in 2014 to a mere 7.6 percent of successfully hired professionals in 2018. As virtual employment adoption increases, the need to relocate talent decreases. This trend will dynamically affect employer winners and losers in the war for talent in 2019 as competition for precious passive job seekers intensifies and the differentiation between cultures of growing companies becomes more difficult to discern.

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