Junior Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey

Each year WLA ACT, in partnership with the ACT Young Lawyers Society, conducts the Young Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey. The purpose of the survey is to collect data in relation to the basic pay and conditions of early-career lawyers (lawyers with five or fewer years of post-admission experience). 

The survey aims to collate information on, not only the income of early-career lawyers, but also on the thoughts of young laywers on what influences pay increases, whether they felt comfortable asking their employer for flexible working arrangements, their knowledge on parental leave schemes and their overall satisfaction of the legal profession. 

Survey results provide an invaluable tool for early-career lawyers and employers to assess rates of pay and conditions across a wide sector of the legal community. The survey provides a detailed analysis of working conditions, including hours worked per week, average wages for each year of post admission experience, leave entitlements and other financial or material benefits provided to employees. 

The survey is open to all early-career lawyers in the ACT jurisdiction, including government sector solicitors. The survey is strictly anonymous so as to encourage honest and forthright feedback. 

WLA ACT will use the data collected to assist in policy development and to advocate for women following the results of the NARS report. 

2016 Findings Report

On 29 November 2016, WLA ACT, in conjunction with the ACT Young Lawyers Committee, held its annual ‘Junior Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey Launch’. Our Findings Report, analysing and presenting the results from the Survey, was released at the event. 

We were delighted to have Katrina Musgrove, Barrister at Blackburn Chambers, as our guest speaker. Katrina provided useful advice for early-career lawyers, including:

  • When negotiating pay and conditions, you should advocate for yourself. Gather the evidence and prepare your submissions.
  • Ask yourself, ‘what is your dream job? Where do you want to be?’ Have a plan and a goal.
  • Seek out mentors – are there those in the profession that you admire?  
  • Learn from your experiences, especially the painful ones.
  • Be confident (‘get some swagger!’). 
  • Finally, have fun. 

We would like to extend our thanks to Minter Ellison who kindly sponsored this event.

Please click HERE to read the full Findings Report. 

2015 Findings Report

2015 was our most successful year in terms of responses to the survey with 140 respondents participating. The breakdown of respondents included 110 women and 30 men. 

The Findings Report was distributed and presented at our launch event on 24 November 2015. The launch provided an opportunity to discuss the themes outlined in the report and engage in discussion in relation to the conditions early-career lawyers face. 

2015 Findings Report

Please click HERE to read the full 2014 Findings Report.