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

Released March 2021. Purchase report below.

Final report out now

The 2021 New Zealand ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment HR Issues & Salary Survey was conducted late 2020 to early 2021, for release in March 2021.

This year, 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 includes detailed information on:

  • Employment Profiles at NZ Law Firms

  • Bonuses, Benefits & Incentives

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • HR Issues & Challenges

  • Employment & Salary Projections

  • Salary Data

  • Summary of Salary Movements

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.

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Thank you to our 2021 New Zealand Research Partner


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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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