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Nearly one in three lawyers would discourage their children from becoming lawyers when they grow up, a survey has revealed.
The research, conducted by HR consultantancy Hudson UK, shows that 30 per cent of legal professionals are so dissatisfied with their current role that they would not want to see their children in their job.
The survey, which contacted 1,000 professionals working in finance, the law, HR and IT, found that male lawyers are the least contented group, with almost a third (32.3 per cent) saying they would not want their children to enter the law.
Martin Luise, Hudson's director of legal recruitment, said: "These findings are very disturbing, especially with the current economic conditions. That so many legal professionals would not want to see their children follow in their footsteps points to a workforce that is both unhappy and lacking confidence.
"With dark clouds on the economic horizon, employers may revert to short-term retention tactics - focusing too heavily on salaries, for example. By contrast, in many cases, improved communication and a more flexible approach can empower and liberate employees."
Thirty-five per cent of those surveyed cited better opportunities in other professions as the main reason for their reluctance, and one in four believed their children could earn higher financial rewards elsewhere, or enjoy a better work/life balance (27 per cent and 28 per cent respectively).
Female IT workers proved the most keen to see their children emulate their career, with only one in five not wanting to see their children in their job.