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Trainee Retention

5.4 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Not very high sadly. I have been kept on but others haven't."
Second year trainee, London
"It's not been a great couple of years. However, I work hard and I know that if I'm good enough I will be kept on."
First year trainee, London
"The rates seem to vary considerably."
First year trainee, London
"Our retention rates are not good relative to other firms so it's hard to say how confident I am."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are poor and have been for a while, even in key departments like intellectual property. This can be worrying, especially in the current political/economic climate. I feel that if I stay here on qualification, it probably won't be in the department I really want."
First year trainee, London
"Small intakes can mean very variable rates."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Retention rates are excellent; trainees who haven't stayed have left to go in-house, frequently with secondment companies."
First year trainee, London
"Rates are improving now that there are fewer trainees, but these things are still department dependant."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are improving since the intake was cut and the economy is improving. Some departments are very popular, which makes qualification there competitive."
First year trainee, London
"I think it is a bit hit or miss you never know whether there will be spaces in the department you want to go into and whether others in your intake also want to qualify there. The departments are not huge so they do think about how many people they need to take on."
First year trainee, London
"Like all firms, retention varies year on year. The lower number of trainees the firm now has means that rates have improved and should continue to do so."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"There is intense competition for jobs in certain departments."
First year trainee, London
"We have a 100% retention rate for March 2014. That says everything."
Second year trainee, London
"This year retention rates are at 100% so pretty good. Previous years have not been the same."
Second year trainee, London
"The published rates haven't been as high as the firm would have liked but this is due to a number of factors, such as trainees wishing to pursue other opportunities or a large number of trainees vying for a place in the MCT team."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates vary from intake to intake. As each department may only take one or two trainees, retention rates will fall when all trainees want the same department and may peak when trainees show more diverse interests. This means it's unpredictable until the trainees have solidly chosen which department they want."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Fluctuations in recruitment patterns for different departments mean people are not always sure where they stand when approaching qualification."
First year trainee, London
"Competitive in the current market."
First year trainee, London
"I think they are improving but the market is very competitive at present."
First year trainee, London
"Relatively high."
First year trainee, Reading
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