18 November 2023
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.|
Purchase the 2021 Report
Participating firms have received a complimentary copy of the report. Firms who did not participate can purchase the report for $550 (ALPMA members) or $2,200 (non-members).
All prices include GST.
Purchase an ALPMA Membership + the 2021 Salary Survey Report and SAVE!
ALPMA Membership + 2021 Report: AUD $1,000
Purchase a 12-month Full ALPMA Membership plus the 2021 Salary Survey report at our special member price. After purchase, our Membership Coordinator will be in touch to confirm all your membership details and access to our Member Portal.
Firms and Individuals who participate in these surveys receive a complimentary copy of the research report.
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If you have any questions about the research or need assistance, please contact our research team.