New York, NY (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Optimism is the key word to emerge from The Cowen Group’s 7th Annual Litigation Support Salary Report, which was released today with important information for job candidates and employers alike.
The survey identified four critical trends in 2012 that will impact demand for talent in 2013:
The 2012 Salary Study surveyed more than 100 litigation support and eDiscovery professionals at 71 AmLaw 200 law firms about their 2012 compensation practices and any planned changes in 2013.
“Law firms will have to make investments in talent with Relativity and predictive coding skillsets to keep up with the shift of talent to the vendor vertical,” said David Cowen, founder and Managing Partner at The Cowen Group. “This also includes better training and career management for employees. Firms that make this investment will find themselves in stronger positions vis-à-vis vendor competitors.”
Law firms will begin to see shift in talent to vendor because of managed services.
Key drivers of 2013 hiring plans discovered through Cowen Group-sponsored thought leadership events include:
What industries are driving hiring corporate eDiscovery growth? Those in financial, pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries are investing the most in experienced talent.
Additional trends revealed in the survey include:
Many law firms will choose to outsource pieces of their litigation support department in 2013 for following reasons:
High margin project managers and eDiscovery associates will rise, and we expect several new roles to be created in 2013. Basic project management experience is no longer enough – project managers in 2013 will need to be experienced, competent and savvy in both business and technology.
An additional key trend to watch is demand for eDiscovery practice group attorneys, counsel and associates. Although no hard data is available, the Cowen Group projects more than 25 new positions were created in 2012 – and the number of positions will double in 2013.
About The Cowen Group
The Cowen Group is the nation’s leading search firm specializing in staffing and recruiting for eDiscovery, Litigation Support and Legal Technology and has gained recognition as an internationally leading eDiscovery talent placement firm for 100 of the Fortune 500 corporations and 125 AmLaw 200 law firms.
Since 1996, The Cowen Group has focused solely on legal technology recruiting and staffing. As industry experts, The Cowen Group has exclusive access to jobs at elite organizations and knows where to find the top talent in the industry.
The Cowen Group is committed to serving the eDiscovery and legal technology community and fostering its growth by providing greater industry transparency to key issues. It accomplishes this through its access to its extensive network of professionals and executives and the sharing of information through its three key channels: talent placement, market intelligence and executive events.
Cowen Intelligence, a specialized unit focused on gathering, analyzing and sharing key industry and market trends and information since 2005 has published Annual Salary Survey’s for the Litigation Support and eDiscovery community, Quarterly Critical eDiscovery Trends Snapshots, and multiple topic-specific reports.
The company also launched Cowen Executive Events in 2009. This unit is focused on producing premier industry events that provide eDiscovery, Litigation Support and Legal Technology industry professionals with unprecedented networking and information sharing opportunities in key markets throughout the United States. To date, the executive events have included more than 900 professionals representing in-house legal departments, law firms and the legal technology vendor community.
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