2021 ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment NZ HR Issues & Salary Survey


New Zealand

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17 March 2021

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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:

  • 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.

2021 Salary Survey Discussion Available On-Demand

Carmen Simmonds, General Manager at Norris Ward McKinnon and Eden Brown, Managing Consultant from the 2021 NZ Salary and HR Issues survey Sponsor, Fluid Recruitment, discuss the key findings of the survey and provide an insightful overview of the current NZ recruitment market.

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