7.6 / 10

(based on 41 ratings in 2016)


"Pay is good given the generally reasonable work/life balance. No bonus scheme for trainees."
First year trainee, London
"I am happy with my level of pay compared to trainees at other firms in my region. However, it's a fraction of what my colleagues in the London office earn for the exact same work."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"There are no bonuses for trainees, although we receive a pay rise in the second year. I don't think it's great for the hours we often have to put in when compared to other top City international firms."
First year trainee, London
"Bonuses are not applicable to trainees. Pay is generally good, although perhaps relatively lower in the regions than it should be with regard to the cost of living."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"There is a discrepancy between London and regional salaries but the cost of living reflects this. For example, you can walk into work in Birmingham as opposed to a long City commute."
First year trainee, Birminghham
"Pay is competitive in the regions but doesn't compare very well with the London salary for the same level and quality of work. Trainees cannot participate in the bonus scheme."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Very large gap between London and regional salaries. This is frustrating when the quality and quantity of work is similar and the firm is allegedly seeking greater cross-UK integration."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Pay is inline with other firms."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is very good in comparison with other traineeships. Trainees are not given a bonus."
First year trainee, Edinburgh


"We don't receive bonuses at trainee level. While my only dissatisfaction with my salary is how there is a sizeable difference between the salary of regional workers and those in London, we have recently had an increase across the firm at all levels for salaries, so I am happy about that."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Trainees at the firm aren't included in bonus scheme, but this is not a bad thing because focus is on learning, and not on reaching chargeable hours targets."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"I think that Scottish salaries are low when compared to our English counterparts, but we are fortunate enough to be paid the highest trainee salary in Scotland at the office at DLA Piper."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Bonuses are not available to trainees, although further up the firm bonuses are particularly geared towards the number of hours worked."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Trainee pay is on the market level, whereas I think that the firm lags behind significantly at the NQ level. I believe that trainees should be encouraged with a bonus system, even if they were given in small amounts or on a non-monetary basis."
Second year trainee, London
"I think my salary is very good, being both competitive and rewarding."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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