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Trainee Retention

7.8 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2019)

2019

"An effort is made to keep as many people as possible."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I have been offered a job on qualification, but I understand that retention rates aren't as good as they used to be. There are some teams that are not expanding and it can be difficult to line up the right job in the right team in the right office."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"There is an application process to apply for new qualifier positions after your training contract. There is generally one position available per team per office, which can mean that there is competition among trainees for certain jobs."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Retention rates are good and the firm generally looks to keep everyone on. The only risk is that smaller departments may not have the capacity to take on new qualifiers."
First year trainee, Norwich
"There are always enough jobs if people want them."
First year trainee, Norwich
"There are certain areas that could have more jobs more frequently, but M&R do try to retain as many of us as possible."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm is always looking to keep trainees if it can but the jobs that trainees want aren't necessarily on offer."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I think they're pretty solid from my understanding of previous years. In the event that the job you're looking for doesn't come up, recruitment appears flexible in considering alternatives and appears willing to accommodate the creation of new roles."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2018

"There's no guarantee but your chances are very good."
Manchester
"These are consistently good and every effort is made to accommodate trainees who want to stay at the firm as far as possible."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Retention rates are generally good at the firm, although there can be competition in popular practice areas. The process is relatively clear from early on in your training contract."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The overall retention rate is good at the firm."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Retention rates are generally very good and the firm recognises, and aims to retain, good talent. If people leave M&R it tends to be for personal reasons or a change of career rather than heading to a competitor."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2017

"I think there is a divide between the offices. While there have been more jobs than trainees, these have predominately been based in the Cambridge office. The other offices seem to be lagging behind and, over the last few years, certain offices have only had one or two jobs for four trainees."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The retention rates have recently been very good and the firm really invests its time in you during your training contract."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm has an excellent retention rate and will usually try to find ways of retaining as many of their trainees as possible, should they want to stay."
First year trainee, Norwich
"They have generally been very good over the last few years. In light of Brexit, I am worried about what things will be like this time next year but that is not a reflection on this firm in particular, just the economy/country in a general way. Whatever happens, I know the firm will do everything it can to try to keep as many trainees as possible."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Retention rates can often not be a good indicator as the fewer trainees there are the greater the drop in retention rate when only one or two leave. It also varies from office to office as some of our offices are only offering two places this year despite having four trainees and others offering eleven while having nine. It's all about sensing opportunities and the firm helps you with that."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2016

"The retention rates are excellent."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The retention rates generally have been very good over the past few years. The firm is very keen to retain all its trainees where possible."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"They're getting better each year. I'm very confident that the firm will have a job for me at the end of my training contract."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The retention rates at my firm are generally very good although naturally, for business reasons, this cannot always be the case."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I am not being kept on as a new qualifier at my firm as there are no available positions in areas I have experienced during my training contract. Retention rates vary depending on year and business need. Assistance is given to outgoing trainees who have not secured a position with the firm."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I think the firm tries hard to retain as many of its trainees as possible."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"100% confident as I have already been given the job. Retention rates this year aren't great. Two people are choosing to go elsewhere for different career direction/location where M&R doesn't have an office and three have been lost due to there not being the jobs they wanted. There were more jobs than trainees across the firm, but they were lacking in Norwich."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"The retention rates at my firm are excellent. For the most recent retention, 100% of the trainees in my office were retained by the firm."
First year trainee, Norwich
"There has been 100% of retention of the trainees in the Norwich office this year which was prospectively made known to us early on in our second year of training."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"The retention rate this year is set to be 100% with more jobs than trainees - so I expect the trend to continue."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The retention rate has been very good over the past few years. The firm is keen to retain its trainees where possible."
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2014

"The retention rates are generally good, but you can never be sure of being kept on. There are not always jobs in the departments you enjoy so this can be worrying."
First year trainee, Norwich
"In recent years retention has become more uncertain. I have no doubt though that the firm tries as hard as it can to keep it's trainees. The difficulty is where departments are under-performing financially - jobs cannot be created even for the best candidates."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Retention rates have been good for the last couple of years, and generally there are about as many NQ places as second-year trainees. The question is whether there is an NQ job in the area into which you wish to qualify."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"The firm has great retention rates but you cannot be sure you will get a job, just like any training contract."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Good"
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The retention rates improved last year but there is still an overall concern about jobs."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2013

"It varies each year and there is a lot of uncertainty."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Retention rates seem to be back on the up. In the past the firm has been very good at helping unsuccessful trainees obtain roles elsewhere."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"There is a poor retention rate in the Birmingham office and this has been the case for the past few years."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"They have been a bit erratic in recent years so the future is very unpredictable!"
First year trainee, Norwich
"In recent years the retention rate has been lower than usual, but this is improving now."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"They seem to be picking up... there seems to be a genuine desire in the partners to keep as many M&R trainees as possible."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
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