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Trainee Retention

6.6 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I think there will be opportunities available at the firm for most of the qualifiers."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Retention rates are decreasing as trainee intakes get bigger and the qualification process is becoming more competitive. This is the first year that a new graduate recruitment team will be running the qualification process, so we are a little like guinea pigs for the new process."
Second year trainee, London
"There's not much transparency surrounding retention and it seems that it may be low."
First year trainee, London
"There are a limited number of desired qualification spots in the firm's top departments. I have no idea how I rank compared to other trainees in respect of my qualification prospects."
First year trainee, London
"Not as good as they used to be. In all fairness, the firm does its best to retain everyone, it's just that, in some cases, there are jobs but not necessarily the jobs trainees want or apply for."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I'm personally pretty confident I'll be kept on by my preferred department but, on the whole, our retention rates have been pretty mixed so it's still nerve-wracking. HR are attempting to improve the transparency of the process and give us a clear timetable, which is welcome."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the retention rates can vary a lot from year to year. In the Manchester office, the number in each cohort is relatively low (around five trainees per year), so if one or two are not retained (or choose not to stay) the figures are massively affected. I think trainees need to approach qualification on an individual basis rather than thinking of themselves as part of a statistic. If you did well and impressed in the department you're looking to qualify into and they are able to take on a junior team member, there shouldn't be any issues."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I am concerned about qualification as the firm never releases the number of spaces they have for newly qualified solicitors. However, the new graduate recruitment team seem to be more organised this year."
Second year trainee, London
"It was in the 90% range when I applied, but now it's down to about 60%. There aren't enough jobs for the current (massive) trainee cohort, which is a bit demoralising."
First year trainee, London
"There are limited regional options for new qualifiers who don't wish to practise in Defendant Insurance."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The firm has a 100% retention rate which is reassuring."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rate at the firm was 100% last year, so I am fairly confident that if there is an appropriate role, I will be able to stay on here."
First year trainee, London
"Clyde & Co has extremely good retention rates. The firm is expanding, so despite uncertainty about qualifying in the team you want to, it is likely that the majority of trainees will be kept on."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The retention rates are amongst the best in the City. However these things are always dependent on the market and I still have one more year until qualification. I will say that, overall, I am confident that I will be kept on as an NQ and hopefully in the department of my choice."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates seem to be very good here because once the firm knows they want to keep you, they will try to find a place for you."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rate appears mostly positive. I gather those who do not stay at the firm, leave by their own choice and are made offers. Overall, view is that most trainees who display competency and skill are retained."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Retention rates are consistently excellent. With the firm's training intake growing yearly, there is a suspicion that the pressure will be on to keep the retention rate so high."
First year trainee, London
"They have been above 90% thus far and I expect them to remain fairly high as it is something the firm prides itself on."
First year trainee, London

2013

"In line with the City as a whole. Although, I'd hope they would pick up slightly as we continue to grow."
First year trainee, London
"I think they will be around 70% when I qualify."
First year trainee, London
"Fairly confident but the process is not transparent and as a first year, I haven't got much (other than the retention rates) to go on."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates fairly good - firm supposedly retains NQs if they are good enough to be associates. There is no quota."
First year trainee, London
"The firm recruits to retain but at the same time if you are not good enough, you will be cut."
First year trainee, London
"Very high retention rates and well structured system in place to ensure that you are happy with the department that you qualify into."
First year trainee, Manchester / Abu Dhabi
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