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Trainee Retention

6.5 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)


"I have been offered a new qualifier position. The ability to move offices upon qualification is great."
Second year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Retention in the south was great but in the north it was not as good. This was purely as a result of the jobs available and personal motivations. I felt that there was more scope elsewhere in the country for jobs to be created, unfortunately."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"It's good. Trainees only leave when they contend for the same jobs."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"There tend to be enough jobs available for all the trainees. The issue is, where certain departments are more popular than others, there can be many candidates for one job."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"They will create positions for you even if you have not sat in the department you are qualifying into."
First year trainee, London


"Retention rates at the firm are excellent, and people don't leave the firm because there aren't enough jobs, but for personal reasons."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Although I think that there could be more clarity over NQ salaries to stop trainees looking at external options coming up to qualification, there are good levels of retention at the firm."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"There are more jobs than qualifiers: the firm is popular!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"In my experience retention rates are very good here. We were told that the firm is looking to recruit its future partners, and as such most trainees are retained by the firm at the end of their training contract."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There is very good retention here. If a trainee wants to stay, in our office at least, the firm will explore the options with them."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The retention rate is good, but personally I am unsure that there will be a position in one of the teams I would like to qualify into which is worrying."
First year trainee, Newcastle


"There are enough jobs to go around at Bond Dickinson, but importantly, it depends whether there are enough jobs in the area you wish to qualify into."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I think the retention rate for trainee to NQ is really good, although a lot of people seem to leave around the third year PQE mark which perhaps needs looking at."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Bond Dickinson has solid retention rates."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The retention was very high during my time, as all trainees had offers, and of the three who left, two were in exceptional circumstances."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The retention rates are brilliant. The firm very much wants to keep trainees at the end of the training contract, and will try to accommodate you as best they can to qualify into the area you want to."
First year trainee, Southampton
"The firm strives to keep people on and, in the Bristol office there hasn’t been anyone who has not been offered a job for the last two NQ rounds."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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