2018 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey



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13 May 2018

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The ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues survey provides comprehensive, independent data on actual salaries paid for up to 65+ legal, management and support roles at Australian and New Zealand law firms so that you can compare your compensation strategy with like firms. As well as covering the current issues in HR, benefits, bonuses, staffing profiles, salary data, anticipated salary increases and recruitment intentions, this year’s survey was expanded to include more information on bonuses paid and parental leave.

This year, 288 law firms from across the nation, employing 10,466 people participated in the survey, making it the most comprehensive, independent study of salaries paid at law firms in Australia.

The comprehensive survey report covers:

  • Salaries paid for 70+ legal, managerial and administrative positions at law firms across Australia—broken down by state and size of firm.
  • Salary data for fee earners by area of practice and firm size/location.
  • Information on employment benefits and bonuses, including bonus types and bonuses paid.
  • 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 2018.
  • Diversity and inclusion programs, information on parental leave, plus more.

Reflecting national forecasts of jobs growth in the legal and professional services sector, 53% of legal firms expect to increase the number of staff at their firm in 2018. This follows employment growth amongst 42% of participating firms in 2017.

Of firms expecting to recruit staff over the next 12 months, 64% of recruitment will be to facilitate firm growth while 39% will replace departures. Consistent with 2017, 73% of firms expect to employ solicitors/lawyers this year, with a quarter of this employment expected to drive firm growth.

– 2018 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey Report 

Firms and Individuals who participate in these surveys receive a complimentary copy of the research report.

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