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Trainee Retention

6.0 / 10

(based on 23 ratings in 2015)


"Given the retention rate for the last two intakes I am not incredibly confident that I will be kept on. However, I know for a fact that if you really enjoyed a seat and did good work, that will be recognised and even with budgetary constraints, a way will be found to keep you with the firm."
First year trainee, London
"I believe that retention rates here could be somewhat improved."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates in the London office have been low in recent years, but from experience the retention in Bristol seems to be far more positive."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I think they try and keep people on, but it just depends on how they are doing in terms of work load/need."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rates aren't great as a result of the merger in 2014, but the numbers of trainees coming through now are becoming more aligned with NQs."
First year trainee, Edinburgh


"Retention rates are quite healthy - the process is really fair and transparent and Graduate Recruitment do a great job, considering the numbers of trainees applying each year."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"The retention rates are not good, due in no small part to the recent merger with D&W. This being said, the only way to get a job in any firm is to be one of the best trainees so time spent worrying about retention rates is probably better put to use working hard!!"
First year trainee, London
"Since the merger with D&W, retention rates have dropped. Although I am confident in my ability, I am not sure the way that business is going will allow many trainees to be taken on in the areas I want to qualify in."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are reasonable and comparable to most City firms. They are likely to be slightly skewed this year due to the merger with Dundas & Wilson but that will not be totally representative of general trends."
First year trainee, London


"The retention rates have been quite poor in the last few years, but have not been consistently poor over the last five. So I think most people feel it could go either way. Our intake could be lucky....Or could be unlucky! We are constantly being reassured, however, I think it's fair to say that qualification is already preying on most people's minds (and we are only a month in!)."
First year trainee, London
"About average. It's your responsibility to impress, not the firm's to keep you on. Work hard, make the right connections and business needs allowing, you'll make it. If not, CMS is a great springboard to any other city firm."
First year trainee, Bucharest
"Scottish trainee retention is generally very good and statistically there shouldn't be a reason for any concern. I think that in the current climate, all trainees feel a lack of confidence regarding retention rates and nothing can be truly predicted. On the basis of previous retention rates, there should be no concern in Scotland, but this is a point that can't really be commented on with any certainty in advance. However, the firm are always keen to reassure the trainees of our retention prospects as a whole."
First year trainee, Aberdeen
"Retention rates have dropped substantially for recent intakes and the firm is undergoing a restructuring which does not seem positive in terms of NQ positions."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates are currently poor. Whether they pick up is likely to depend on market forces."
First year trainee, london
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