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GOOD NEWS FOR LABOR DAY: TEMP-TO-PERM JOBS ARE ON THE RISE; SPECIAL COUNSEL SURVEY SHOWS 25 PERCENT OF TEMPORARY JOBS TURN INTO PERMANENT

 NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-five percent of temporary attorneys surveyed by Special Counsel(R), the nation's largest temporary service for attorneys, were converted into permanent employees within the past six months.
 Special Counsel surveyed 124 attorneys who had taken temporary jobs during the period July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1993 to find out if permanent hiring was on the increase.
 The survey found that 29 temporary lawyers, nearly 25 percent of those surveyed, had been converted into permanent employees. Two years ago, only 7 percent of temporary lawyers were converted into permanent employees according to a similar survey conducted by Special Counsel for the period July 1, 1990 to June 30, 1991.
 "Employers are now using temp-to-perm hiring as a method of locating permanent employees," said Lesley M. Friedman, president of Special Counsel.
 "There's a trend toward temp-to-perm hiring because it's an inexpensive way to try out employees before making a commitment. The survey highlights the fact that permanent job openings exist, but employers are cautious about making hiring decisions, especially with costly, high-level professionals."
 The survey found that 80 percent of the 29 conversions occurred where the employer had initially requested a temp-to-perm arrangement, and that 12 percent of the conversions occurred where the employer had not initially considered a temp-to-perm arrangement but made the conversion as a result of the temporary worker's high level of job performance.
 Ninety-two percent of the conversions occurred in the Northeast; 8 percent occurred in the Midwest; no conversions occurred in the South, Southwest or West.
 Founded in 1987, Special Counsel places temporary lawyers nationwide and overseas. Temporary lawyers assist law firms like Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn and corporate legal departments like Citicorp/Citibank with projects ranging from junior-level document productions to senior-level bankruptcy workouts.
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 /CONTACT: Lesley Friedman, president of Special Counsel, 212-629-9400/


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