The number of people working as Solicitors (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 64,000 in 2018 to 63,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Solicitors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
- Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,646 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 51% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Solicitors.