2021 ALPMA Australian Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey



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12 April 2021

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2021 Australian Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey Report

The 2021 Australian ALPMA HR Issues & Salary Survey was conducted through early 2021, for release in April 2021.

In 2021, 295 law firms (representing 10,153 staff) participated in our Australian survey, making it the most comprehensive, independent HR and remuneration study across all roles (including actual salaries paid) within the Australian legal industry, in particular for firms with less than 75 staff.

This 100+ page report will provide findings on:

  • This year's key findings
  • Employment Profiles at Australian Law Firms
  • Bonuses, Benefits & Incentives typically paid to staff within Australian firms
  • Diversity & Inclusion metrics
  • HR Issues & Challenges for the year ahead
  • Employment & Salary Projections for 2021
  • Salary Data for 70+ positions
  • Summary of Salary Movements over the past 12+ months
2021 Key Findings
Wages across the Australian legal industry flat in 2021
2020 Legal Industry Salaries: Up slightly (1.0%)

2020 Average National Wage Growth: Up 1.4%

While employment held up, a third of firms reduced headcount
68% of responding firms maintained or increased headcount
Firms are optimistic, with employment growth expected in 2021
Staff levels expected to increase in 2021 at 59% of responding firms: the highest rate since 2017.
Firms continue to offer staff bonuses and incentives
Broadly consistent with last year, three quarters of Australian law firms are offering some form of bonus as a component of the remuneration package they provide employees..
While talent retention remains the most important issue, a greater focus on staff mental health is also evident
Similar to previous years, 68% of responding firms struggle with employee retention and talent management issues. While 60% report that managing staff mental health will be a priority, up from 57% last year.

2021 Salary Survey Discussion Available On-Demand

Jason Elias, Managing Director at Elias Recruitment and sponsor of the 2021 survey with Jenine Waters, National Head of People Advisory BDO Australia discuss the key findings of the survey and provide an insightful overview of the current National and State recruitment market.

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