Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey provides a comprehensive, independent review of salaries paid for 65+ 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 2019 Australian Survey is NOW OPEN to all law firms. Participation is free.

The 2019 New Zealand Survey is now closed. The report will be sent to participants by 25 March 2019 and will be available for purchase from this date by non-participants.

Everyone who completes the survey receives a complimentary copy of the Australian or New Zealand research report. This report costs $550 for non-participating ALPMA members, or $2,200 for non-members (including GST).     

2019 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey
- NOW OPEN

Participation is free and now open for all Australian law firms.



In 2018, 288 Australian law firms from across the country, employing 10,644 people, completed the survey, making it the most comprehensive study of salaries and remuneration within Australian law firms.

The survey:

  • provides insight into current & future issues in HR;
  • defines staffing profiles & roles (65+ positions);
  • outlines firm & individual benefits;
  • tables current salary data - from Graduates to Equity Partners (and everything in between);
  • provides insights into anticipated salary increases & bonus structures;
  • outlines recruitment intentions for the coming year;
  • identifies other entitlements on offer at firms; and
  • most importantly allows you to benchmark your firm against 280* firms across Australia.

* the number of firms is subject to change based on participation rates each year.

How to participate 

1. Nominate one person from your firm to complete the survey and ensure accuracy

This research is designed to be completed by the one person at each law firm for all positions at the firm – rather than by individual staff members for their own positions. Please nominate one person from your firm to complete the survey, entering salary data for all positions at the firm. If your firm spans multiple cities, please complete the survey separately for each location, answering questions for that location. Please ensure accuracy of data entered.

2. Download the Preparation Checklist and gather information

Before commencing the online survey, please read the Preparation Checklist and gather your information. This will ensure you have everything you need to participate in the survey at your fingertips. A calculations spreadsheet is also available to help you calculate average salaries.

3. Complete the survey online by 8 March 2019

The confidential online survey will take approximately 30 - 60 minutes to complete, depending on the size of your firm (and your level of preparation). First, register to complete the survey. You will then be sent an individual link to access the online survey platform.


If you have any questions about the survey or need assistance, please contact Emma Elliott, ALPMA's General Manager at e.elliott@alpma.com.au or call +61 3 8644 7059.

Australian Research & State Partners  

   

2019 ALPMA/McLeod Duminy New Zealand Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey
- CLOSED

The 2019 New Zealand Survey is now closed. The report will be sent to participants by 25 March 2019 and will be available for purchase from this date by non-participants.

If you have any questions about the survey or need assistance, please contact Emma Elliott, ALPMA's General Manager at e.elliott@alpma.com.au or call +61 3 8644 7059.

NZ Research Partner  




Previous Surveys

ALPMA has conducted the salary survey for more than six years. The results provide valuable insights and indpendent data on salaries and compensation at  Australian and New Zealand law firms.

2018 New Zealand Salary Survey results - Purchase Now

2018 Australian Salary Survey results - Purchase Now

Read the 2017 Australian results media release

Read the 2017 New Zealand Results media release

See the research infographics


Privacy

Survey Matters logoSurvey Matters has been engaged to conduct the survey on behalf of ALPMA, to ensure independence and confidentiality of data. Survey Matters is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and is bound by the AMSRS Code of Professional Behaviour and the Australian Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988.

All data submitted to this survey will be held as strictly confidential and used for the sole purpose of compiling the survey report for participating firms. Individual responses will not be identified; the information you provide will be consolidated with that provided by other industry participants and provided to ALPMA in aggregate only. All data you provide will be de-identified immediately following the provision of results to ALPMA.


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