2024 ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment NZ HR Issues & Salary Survey


New Zealand

Report released on

20 March 2024

StatusNew Report Available

PricingMembersNZD 550 inc GST
Non-Members NZD 2,200 inc GST

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The full 2024 New Zealand report is now available for purchase.

In 2024, 147 New Zealand law offices, employing 4,000 people, reported their salaries, employment strategies and staffing experiences up to 1 January 2024.

The final report covers the staff profile at New Zealand law firms, bonuses and retention policies, attraction strategies, HR issues for law firms over the next 12 months, and salary data segmented by position, location and firm size.

2024 Key Findings

Average wages in the New Zealand legal industry saw a rise of 4.7%, marginally above the national average wage growth of 4.3% and matching inflation.

Employment growth decelerated, with less than one in five law firms (38%) increasing their staff numbers, the lowest level in eight years.

Increased Headcount
Decreased Headcount

While recruitment pressures are easing, with fewer firms reporting the recruitment process as
more challenging than in the previous year, 56% of firms remain worried about their ability to
attract staff in the coming year.

Recruitment harder than last year
Concerned about Recruitment

New Zealand law firms reported continued progress in gender diversity in 2024, with female representation in NZ law firms reaching 40% among equity partners.

For more details about how these factors differ based on location and firm size, read the final report.

Why purchase the report?

  • provides insight into current & future issues in HR;
  • defines staffing profiles & roles (60+ positions);
  • outlines Firm & individual benefits;
  • provides current salary data - from Graduates to Equity Partners (and everything in between);
  • provides insights into anticipated salary increases & bonus structures;
  • outlines recruitment intentions for the coming year;
  • identifies other entitlements on offer at firms; and
  • most importantly allows you to benchmark your firm against 140+ firms across NZ.
Access interactive salary data tables today

Not only does this comprehensive report provide you with up-to-date information and data, with which to benchmark your firm against various HR metrics, but firms can also access our new interactive salary data tables. Quickly search the salary data by position, sort by average salary, and see how wages have changed over time with this new online tool.

Firms who did not participate can purchase the report for $550 (ALPMA members) or $2,200 (non-members). Participating firms have received a complimentary copy of the report.  If you haven't received the the email with your copy of the report, please contact us. Clients of Fluid Legal Recruitment can also purchase the report for $550 if they are not yet an ALPMA Member. If you haven't received your client discount code, please contact Fluid Legal Recruitment.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the research or need assistance, please contact our research team.

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