Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey provides a comprehensive, independent review of salaries paid for 60+ legal, management and support roles at Australian and New Zealand law firms, broken down by location and firm size so you can compare compensation strategies with like firms. The survey also reveals the hottest HR issues and challenges for the legal industry in Australia and New Zealand.

The surveys are conducted in March each year, with the results available in May. Participation is free and open to all law firms in Australia and New Zealand. Everyone who completes the survey receives a complimentary copy of the research report. This report costs $550 for non-participating ALPMA members, or $2,200 for non-members (including GST).

In 2016, we conducted two surveys - one providing benchmarking information for Australian law firms, proudly supported by the empire group, and one for New Zealand law firms, proudly supported by McLeod Duminy Legal Recruiters.


2016 ALPMA/empire group Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey Report

The report includes:

The 2016 ALPMA/empire group Australian Legal Industry Salary and HR Issues Report provides reliable information on salary trends for a comprehensive range of positions and experience levels at law firms across the country and helps firms benchmark their compensation strategy to like firms. It also provides valuable insight on the critical HR issues and challenges facing Australian law firms. In 2016, 252 Australian law firms from across Australia, employing 10,153 people completed the survey.

  • details of salaries paid for 67 legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across Australia - broken down by State and size of firm, and further analysed by capital city vs regional location
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing ratios to measure firm productivity and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2016
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.

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View the Results Infographics


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2016 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey Report

The 2016 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary and HR Issues Report provides reliable information on salary trends for a comprehensive range of positions and experience levels at law firms across the country and helps firms benchmark their compensation strategy to like firms. 69 New Zealand law firms from across the country, employing 2,033 people, completed the survey.

The report includes:

  • details of salaries paid for 62 legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across New Zealand - broken down by location and size of firm
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing ratios to measure firm productivity and performance
  • anticipated salary increases and law firm recruitment intentions for the next 12 months.
  • the key HR issues and challenges facing law firms in 2016.
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.

Read the media release

View the Results Infographics


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