2022 AU ALPMA Legal Industry HR Issues & Salary Survey Report

Released April 2022. Purchase report below.

Final report out now

The 2022 Australian ALPMA HR Issues & Salary Survey was conducted through early 2022, for release in April 2022.

This year,  280 law firms (representing 9,045 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
  • Parental Leave
  • HR Issues & Challenges
  • Employment & Salary Projections
  • Salary Data
  • Summary of Salary Movements

2022 Key Findings

Wage growth in the legal industry accelerated, outstripping the national average

2021 Legal Industry Salaries: Up 5.1%
3.2% for solicitors & lawyers. 4.4% for paralegals & law clerks.

Beating 2021 annualised national wage inflation of 2.3%

Employment in the legal industry bounces back strongly after COVID-19

41% of participating firms reported employment growth in 2021

64% expect to increase staff over the next 12 months

Attracting, developing and retaining quality staff are the key challenges of 2022

With staff turnover rates returning to pre-pandemic levels (21% in 2021), recruitment is the area that HR professionals anticipate spending most of their resources in 2022.

Use of financial bonuses increases, and incentives more common than ever before, although firms still pay bonuses selectively

86% of firms stated they offered some form of bonus, benefit or incentive to their employees in addition to their salary (up from 79%)

Only 38% make bonus payments available to all staff (down from 47%)

Increase in benefits focused on flexibility and improving mental wellbeing

93% of participating firms continue to allow their employees to work from home in 2022

More firms are providing benefits that encourage a better work-life balance (such as wellbeing programs and leave entitlements)

Despite focus on gender equality in diversity and inclusion programs, little is being done to address the perceived gender pay gap in the industry.

Only 6% of respondents believe there is a gender pay gap within their own firm - down from 9% in 2021

Of the 25% of firms who conducted a gender pay gap analysis in 2021, only 68% reported that there was no gender pay gap at their firm – down from 74% in 2021.

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Thank you to our 2022 Australian Research Partners


McKenna & Associates

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