2021 AU ALPMA Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey Report

Released April 2021. Purchase report below.

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

This year,  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.

This 100+ page report includes detailed information on:

  • Employment Profiles at Australian Law Firms
  • Bonuses, Benefits & Incentives
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • HR Issues & Challenges
  • Employment & Salary Projections
  • Salary Data
  • Summary of Salary Movements

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.


Thank you to our 2021 Australian Research Partners

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McKenna & Associates

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Firms who participated in this survey are provided with a complimentary copy of the final report. Please contact us if you participated but did not receive or cannot find your copy.

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