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Trainee Retention

7.2 / 10

(based on 39 ratings in 2016)

2016

"With the number of trainees that we have, the majority do manage to get new qualifier positions. However, for London new qualifier positions, there is competition from London trainees and regional trainees. The qualification process has been simplified and we will see how it works in the next round of qualifications."
First year trainee, London
"Better for the larger practices such as corporate or finance. The more niche areas can offer fewer new qualifier opportunities."
First year trainee, London
"Generally good but figures can be slightly skewed. All but one of the trainees qualifying last year were kept on at the firm but only one was kept on at the office location they actually trained at and everyone else was moved to different cities/countries."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Quite poor in my opinion. I think this is due to taking on too many trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Usually high but seem to be poor this year. I am unaware of the official figures."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"The initial retention rate at the close of my new qualifier process was only two thirds, due mainly to most people applying for a small number of departments. However, this has risen dramatically as most of the non-offered trainees have found a spot through clearing."
Second year trainee, London
"Reasonable, but does not necessarily reflect the number of jobs that are available as some departments are heavily oversubscribed while others struggle to get applicants."
Second year trainee, London
"It's very varied across the firm and locations so it's hard to know where any vacancies will be."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"They keep everyone they can. In the past few years the handful of people who have left this office are those who wanted to qualify somewhere quite niche where there wasn't an available role that year."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The retention rate at the Manchester office was very good, I cannot comment on the rest of the UK. Generally, trainees are told that the firm has invested in us so wants to keep as many as possible."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"The retention rates are overall quite good here, but I found the application and interview process are quite demanding, and in my opinion they do not reflect well on the firm. After working here for two years I was frustrated at having to submit a written application to be successful in even getting an interview for an NQ position, because this did not feel particularly positive, but the process wants to select the best candidates."
Second year trainee, London
"We have already received our NQ offers and the retention rate this year has been excellent - nine out of ten trainees in Manchester have been offered positions with eight of the nine accepting."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"In my experience the retention rates have been very good, and there are a number of opportunities depending on the practice group. I have found that opportunities have been particularly in transactional work."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Although I think retention rates will vary a depending on both the circumstances at the time and which departments trainees will want to qualify into, trainees who qualified a year before me have just had a 100% retention rate, which is promising."
First year trainee, Birmingham
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