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Trainee Retention

8.3 / 10

(based on 45 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I believe IM has a high retention rate in terms of new qualifiers being kept on as the training contracts are organised in a way that means there should be a qualification job at the end. A drop in retention rates will usually be due to qualification jobs not being available in the department of a new qualifier's choice, rather than qualification jobs not being available at all."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The amount of work each team has is often in flux. While a team might appear to have capacity for a new qualifier in one month, they may quieten down in the next. Retention rates in business legal services are 50% in Birmingham this year."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"They are lower than they should be in regional offices where the pay is not as competitive. The retention rate is good in London because the pay is more competitive."
Second year trainee, London
"The retention rate is very high for a law firm of this size."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The retention rate is fantastic and IM will do what it can to retain its trainees if a specific role is not available."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The retention rates are consistent within the firm and I have experienced transparency and honesty in relation to new qualifier jobs."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The retention rates for the past few years have been very good. Whether you get a job in the team you wish to qualify into is more up in the air, but there are generally jobs for most trainees qualifying."
First year trainee, London
"I think the issue is more about whether there will be a new qualifier position available that I would be willing to do. Some trainees have accepted jobs that they did not necessarily want. The graduate recruitment team could be more active when it comes to keeping you in the loop about what is available and where you could end up."
First year trainee, Southampton

2017

"Much depends upon business needs but the firm has, in the past, found roles for most trainees."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"This varies depending on business needs. The firm tries to keep everybody on but it does depend on whether the positions that are available match the positions that you want and whether you are competing against another trainee who wants the same position as you."
First year trainee, Leeds
"They are keen to ensure that training contracts are not given when jobs are not available."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The Southampton office has only been open for three years so new qualifier jobs will be dependent on how quickly the office can grow. However, there is nothing to say I can't be retained by the firm in a different office."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Retention rates are generally good."
Second year trainee, Sheffield

2016

"Retention rates are generally very good and the firm is clearly dedicated to ensuring there are enough jobs at the end of our training."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There is always some concern as business needs change and there is a lot of uncertainty, particularly with regard to clinical negligence work, but overall I think IM do everything they can to keep hold of their trainees."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I am confident that partners think highly of the trainees here and that they would like to retain them. However, with the merger with Thomas Eggar, we are not fully aware of who we will be competing against with regard to new qualifier jobs. There could also be greater transparency as to exactly where new qualifier jobs will be available."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are good across all areas, and are much better than most."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I am hopeful as retention rates are very good."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I understand that the retention rates are very good. I think this is down to the principle of having a qualification seat."
First year trainee, Chichester
"With the merger with Thomas Eggar, it has certainly increased competition around the firm. However, there will no doubt be exciting opportunities as the firm aspires to achieve continual growth."
First year trainee, Newbury

2015

"While it is sometimes a challenge to be offered a seat in a department in which you want to qualify, the retention rates are good."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The trainee retention rates are generally very good, and the format of the training contract, with a 12 month second year seat, is designed to ensure that transition to NQ is as smooth as it can be."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The reputable nature of Irwin Mitchell means that getting seats here is a competitive process, so retention rates are good, but could be improved, as trainees who do not stay at Irwin Mitchell are snapped up by other law firms. While there may not always be jobs available in the area of law that you wish to work in, the firm does their best to accommodate you as much as possible."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The retention rates at Irwin Mitchell are very high, and they always try to find all NQs a job within the firm."
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"Retention rates are very high currently."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates are really good. The firm always try to keep all trainees if they possibly can."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Providing there is a business need and you have performed well throughout your training contract, my experience is you will be kept on."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates are pretty good and they try and fit you in to the best department for you."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"Although it is difficult to predict what will occur in the market place over the next year that may affect retention rates, I am hopeful that there will be a number of opportunities open to me within the firm at the end of my training contract. Retention rates are high across both BLS and PLS indicating the strength and growth of the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I think the retention rates at the firm are very good and they do try to keep up as many trainees as possible."
First year trainee, Birmingham
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