2022 NZ ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment HR Issues & Salary Survey Report

Released March 2022. Purchase report below.

Final report out now

The 2022 New Zealand ALPMA/Fluid Legal Recruitment HR Issues & Salary Survey was conducted late 2021 to early 2022, for release in March 2022.

This year, 117 law firms (representing 3,574 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

2022 Key Findings

Wage growth in the legal industry higher than national average

2021 Legal Industry Salaries: Up 3.9%
Highest increases for secretarial support (4.9%) and legal executives (4.6%).

Beating 2021 average national wage growth of 2.6%.

Firms reported record employment growth, and remain optimistic for 2022

57% of participating firms increased headcount in 2021

62% expect to increase staff over the next 12 months

Fee earners in demand, with increasing reliance on legal executives evident

81% of participating firms expect to recruit for lawyers and solicitors in 2022

Ratio of lawyers to legal executives fell to a five year low of 2.82 – down from 4.03 in 2018

With wage growth lagging inflation, firms expect higher wages in 2022

67% of participating firms expect to negotiate individual pay increases with staff above Consumer price index (CPI)

Bonuses retained for lawyers, but paid selectively to other roles

Nearly nine in ten NZ firms pay their lawyers a bonus

Firms offering bonuses to legal executives decreased to 55%

COVID dominates HR issues, but talent retention and acquisition move up the list of challenges in tight labour market

Managing risk and policy reviews, including COVID-19, is an important HR challenge for 95% of participating firms

The challenge of employee retention & talent management returns to second place (94%) for NZ firms in 2022

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Thank you to our 2022 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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