03 September 2012 at 11:05 BST

US associates just happy to be in jobs

Mid-level associates at some of America's top law firms are happier than they have been for years, despite layoffs, salary freezes and the loss of bonuses, researchers have found.

They can't all be Lincoln, but they're happy to be working

According to The American Lawyer’s annual associate survey, satisfaction levels have jumped across the board with training and also financial transparency fuelling major year-on-year gains.

Manageable workloads

In the survey, 57 per cent of respondents described their firms as ‘appropriately staffed’, a 7 per cent increase from last year. While 79 per cent described their workload as ‘manageable’, a 2 per cent gain over 2011.
A whopping 92 per cent of those surveyed said that if they had the choice, they would come to their current firm again, a 2 per cent rise from the previous year.
One legal recruiter told the web site: ‘I think that this group of mid-level associates realises that any gripes they may continue to have, have less to do with any recession-related changes and more to do with whether Big Law fits into the lifestyle they want.’


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