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6.3 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The salary is the biggest complaint among trainees in the Scottish offices. Our salary, when compared to similarly ranked Scottish competitors as well as our counterparts working in the northern English offices (Manchester and Leeds), is very disappointing. With regard to the latter, it is not felt that this can be justified on grounds of the 'higher costs of living' in England, particularly given that recent findings show that the cost of living in Edinburgh is comparable. There is also no difference in the number of hours worked by Scottish trainees."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I think the pay in London could be higher to be in line with the market rate. The bonus scheme is discretionary, which means that you're never quite sure what you'll get."
Second year trainee, London
"The pay and the bonus scheme could be improved."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The pay is lower than at our competitors (particularly at managing associate level and beyond), which is a source of frustration among employees. The general bonus system lacks transparency but trainees do receive a bonus if they achieve certain ratings in multiple seats."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a discrepancy to our pay in the Scottish offices compared to our colleagues in the English offices, which is not satisfying due to the work we also carry out."
First year trainee, Glasgow / Edinburgh
"For where we see ourselves in the market, the salary after trainee level isn't high enough."
First year trainee, London
"Our pay is good but not competitive for the hours we do when compared with similar firms."
First year trainee, London
"Our pay is consistently below the market for equivalent and lesser firms in the city despite salary reviews. Though there have been efforts to improve, the bonus system for trainees isn't the most transparent."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2017

"I don't think our pay is reflective of our position in the market and it needs to be increased."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has remained static when it comes to trainee and new qualifier pay. These have not increased for years and we are now among the lowest paid firms. We still need to work long hours though."
First year trainee, London
"Our pay is average, but could be better."
First year trainee, Leeds
"We're slightly underpaid given our position in Manchester and the hours we work. There are rumours of an increase though."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Pay needs to increase in line with AG's competitors."
Second year trainee, London
"This is not very transparent. Trainees have fed back to the firm that the bonus scheme should be more transparent but nothing has changed yet."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2016

"The pay is the same or similar to most of the similar size firms in Leeds (although one or two other firms pay slightly more). Trainees received a bonus last year."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The pay is competitive and there is a transparent trainee bonus scheme in place."
First year trainee, London
"As a first seat trainee the pay is competitive. The firm does, however, need to consider increasing salaries for second year trainees and certainly new qualifiers."
First year trainee, London
"I think the pay is very good and I'm happy with it. It's a competitive salary given the number of different firms in Leeds."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Remuneration is ok, but there is an increasing gap between London and northern offices."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Pay should be increased to be more competitive."
First year trainee, London
"The pay is lower than competitor firms in the Manchester market but the expected hours are much higher. The pay gap between London and the regions is too large and needs to be redressed."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Salary is below market in London."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"While I do think that the pay needs to be reviewed in light of the pay rises being applied across the market in order to bring the firm's pay in line, I find that the bonus structure is generally clear."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that the salary could be higher to reflect the firm's position as a market leader in Manchester. The bonus system is currently being worked on so it's probably not fair to comment on it at the moment."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Trainee pay has not changed over the years, and as I feel that Manchester is becoming a hotspot for law, I would expect the pay to have increased by now."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think that the salary is in line with the Manchester market, and although there hasn't been a bonus in a while, I know that trainees will be considered in the next round."
First year trainee, Manchester

2013

"The pay is at the top end for the Manchester market."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I often feel like they will do what they can to avoid paying a bonus."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The pay could be better and bonus is dependent on the firm reaching its target."
Second year trainee, London
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