Trainee Retention

6.0 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2017)

2017

"I think that the overall retention isn't great. However, I am confident that I will be retained as the areas I am interested in are less competetive and more likely to be hiring."
Second year trainee, London
"I think I could have a job if I wanted it. The question is over whether there are places available in the departments I would want to go to."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are still good but some departments are extremely popular to qualify into and there are not enough qualification places to go around in them."
First year trainee, London
"Retention is historically very good. Market conditions are the main reason that I would be concerned about being kept on."
First year trainee, London
"It's a difficult environment for all firms currently and there is uncertainty as to qualification at the best of times. There are popular and competitive departments, which means some will miss out, but the firm generally does what it can to help."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The retention rate has historically been very good at RPC. However, in the last year or so there's been a bit of a dip and confidence at being kept on has been slightly dented. To its credit, the firm makes a real effort to find a place for everyone who wants to qualify and to help those who are moving on."
First year trainee, London
"Not as good as in recent years, possibly due to the fact that this year's trainee intake is particularly large."
Second year trainee, London
"This year several people wanted the same departments, which meant a number of people missed out. While there were enough jobs to go around, they weren't all in areas everybody wanted."
Second year trainee, London
"Because the firm is so litigation-heavy it inevitably means that those who want to qualify into transactional areas might not have a job available. It's clear that even if retention rates are lower than expected, it's because people have definite ideas about what area they want to qualify in and RPC doesn't have enough jobs in those areas to accommodate everyone."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are always more jobs than people but applicants often apply to the same places. This has meant that retention rates have fallen in recent years."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally pretty good, although there are some departments that are pretty competitive when it comes to qualification."
First year trainee, London
"There are a few very popular seats, which means not everyone will be kept (if they continue to be popular and those trainees don't apply to other departments)."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Retention rates are fairly strong at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are good overall, but if you have a preference for a smaller department it may be a bit of a gamble as to whether they are taking on an NQ in the year that you qualify."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are good. There generally seem to be enough jobs for everyone, however those jobs might not be in the right departments, meaning that inevitably some people will leave."
First year trainee, London
"I know that retention rates have been excellent in the past years."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I think retention rates are fairly high but a lot of jobs have been made available in the Bristol office so opportunities may lie outside of London if you are willing to take them."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been very strong over the past few years but there is competition for certain seats."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are good, but because of the regional office more trainees are having to look elsewhere when it comes to NQ jobs now."
First year trainee, London
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