In 2011, close to 52 percent of open positions in the global e-discovery job market were with law firms. By 2015, trends in hiring had shifted dramatically, giving the service providers and consulting firms a whopping 64 percent of the net new e-discovery employment, with law firms dropping to less than half that at 31 percent.
Much of the talent who started at law firms but have since matriculated over to a vendor remember the days when they were paid for their overtime. Almost all law firms pay their analyst, specialist and coordinator litigation support staff time-and-a-half after 40 hours a week (some also pay straight time from 35 to 40 hours).
Very few vendors pay overtime or hire nonexempt employees (though some try to create bonus plans that approximate overtime, generally failing to match dollar for dollar). These technical and operational e-discovery professionals have seen noticeable decreases in their total compensation as the industry has matured, placing less focus on technical execution and more emphasis on consultative project management skills.
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