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). The 2017 reports were been distributed to participants in early May.          

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Please note, the salary data provided is completely confidential. Results are provided in aggregate form only. No individual firm is identified in the survey results in any way. The survey is conducted for ALPMA by Survey Matters, an independent research company.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Connie Finestone, ALPMA's Operations Manager.

2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The 2017 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey was conducted in March, 2017. More than 280 firms participated in the survey, proudly supported by In2View RecruitmentIPAKaleidoscope Legal Recruitment and KBE Human Capital.  

The 2017 ALPMA 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 2017, 285 Australian law firms from across Australia, employing 9,623 people completed the survey. The report includes:
  • details of salaries paid for 70+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across Australia - broken down by State and size of  firm, with legal salaries further analysed by practice area
  • Information on employments benefits and bonuses paid by firms
  • the staffing mix of part-time, contract, casual and full-time workers employed at law firms
  • key staffing and turnover 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 2017
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.

Read the media release

View the Results Infographics


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2017 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The 2017 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. 94 New Zealand law firms from across the country, employing 2,259 people, completed the survey.

The report includes:

  • details of salaries paid for 40+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across New Zealand - broken down by location and size offirm
  • 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, staff turnover 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 2017.
  • diversity and inclusion perceptions, programs and plans.
All participants who completed the survey have been emailed their complimentary copy of the report.  ALPMA members who did not participate can purchase the report for $550, while non-members who did not participate can purchase the report for $2,200.

Read the media release

View the Results Infographics


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