18 November 2023
2021 New Zealand Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey Report
The 2021 New Zealand ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment HR Issues & Salary Survey was conducted through late 2020 to early 2021, for release in March 2021.
In 2021, 115 law firms (representing 2,992 staff) participated in our New Zealand survey, making it the most comprehensive, independent HR and remuneration study across all roles (including actual salaries paid) within the New Zealand legal industry.
This 70+ page report will provide findings on:
- This year's key findings
- NZ Employment profiles
- Bonuses, Benefits & Incentives typically paid to staff within NZ firms
- Diversity & Inclusion metrics
- HR Issues & Challenges for the year ahead
- Employment intentions of firms across NZ
- Salary projections for the coming year
- Salary data for 60+ positions
- Salary movements over the past 12+ months
2021 Key Findings
Wages flat, with partners and executive salaries down sharply
|2020 Legal Industry Salaries: Flat (avg. fall of 0.4%)
2020 Average National Wage Growth: Up 1.6%
Employment remained strong, although some small firms reduced in size
|74% of responding firms maintained or increased headcount|
Forecasts are positive, with further growth expected in 2021
|Staff levels expected to increase in 2021 at 68% of responding firms|
Financial bonuses used more selectively to reward employees
|Firms offering financial incentives to all staff fell to 44% (51% in 2020) but bonuses still used at seven in ten NZ law firms.|
Managing staff flexibility and staff mental health most important issues
|Staff mental health is a priority for 95% of responding firms.|
Purchase the 2021 Salary Survey 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).
Clients of Fluid Legal Recruitment may receive discount pricing of $550 inc GST by entering the discount code provided during checkout. If you haven't received a discount code, contact Fluid Legal Recruitment.
All prices include GST.
Firms and Individuals who participate in these surveys receive a complimentary copy of the research report.
Need more information?
If you have any questions about the research or need assistance, please contact our research team.