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Salary

6.7 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Pay is market rate and, like a grad scheme, increases on qualification."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Good pay. Could be higher given the firm's ambitions."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Decent but unexceptional salary. You work at the firm for more than just the money."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Pay for juniors is relatively low. There is no bonus system."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"On a par with other firms of a similar level in Manchester."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There isn't a bonus structure."
Second year trainee, Solent

2015

"I could benefit from a higher salary, but I appreciate that it is tied into the firm's strategy. We are neither a London firm charging nor being paid London rates, so it would be unfair to ask to be paid them."
Second year trainee, Reading
"My salary needs to be improved when it is compared to the City, but otherwise it is the going rate for the regions."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"The trainee salary could be higher, but it is at a good standard rate for trainees."
First year trainee, Southampton

2014

"The salary is good for the location, but I believe that it could be reviewed more regularly, as trainee salaries have not increased for a few years in our English offices."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"We do not have a bonus scheme, but I personally think that this would really increase productivity within the firm."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Trainees have a good salary, but there is still a big gap between salaries at London firms and regional firms, although this is expected."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There is no bonus on offer at the firm to try and keep the focus on teamwork not individual performance but this can be frustrating if you work longer hours for a particular period. The 'above and beyond' recognition scheme is, however, a nice way of colleagues being able to financially say thank you to each other."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There are no individual bonuses, but I can understand the reasoning behind the decision to not offer them."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"I think that our salary is a little behind other trainees in the area, however, the firm's reputation and the quality of work makes up for that somewhat."
First year trainee, Southampton
"I believe that the trainee salary is behind other firms of our size and structure, especially as it is the same across all offices and doesn't take into account regional differences in the cost of living. However, you are rewarded with a great work/life balance that would be hard to come by in the City or many other national firms."
First year trainee, Reading

2013

"There are no bonuses at Junior level. Pay is okay for outside of London, but is less than other firms in Southampton."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Pay does not reflect the quality of work and ambitions of the firm."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Although the pay does not match City firms I feel it is reflective of the improved work/life balance of the firm. I have not received a bonus since starting. I feel that, particularly for qualified staff, this could provide a useful incentive."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"I think that, especially in the Thames Valley Office (being so close to London) we would benefit from being paid more. For the level of work we do we really are underpaid especially as our colleagues in other parts of the country (e.g. Manchester or Southampton) get paid the same when their living costs are far smaller."
First year trainee, Reading
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