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Trainee Retention

8.8 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2019)

2019

"Where the retention rates fall down, it seems to be because either the person is leaving law or the person wants to relocate. Generally, if you are set on a team, the firm will try to ensure that there is a role for you. Obviously this is not a given but OC is generally good about this. Wanting to relocate (eg from Bristol to London to qualify into a different office) is harder as you have not worked there, but I think most people realise that is a given of wanting to relocate."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates are generally very high."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We are very good for retention. We make the recruitment process very intense and demanding, ensuring that the vast majority of successful candidates have done the full process from application to two-week vacation scheme. The benefit of this is that we know successful candidates will be good and we will intend to keep them. We also recruit a relatively small pool of trainees on the basis that we have full intention of keeping the vast majority. Naturally, if a whole intake has its heart set on one team some are going to be disappointed but, on the whole, the odds of retention are very good."
First year trainee, Reading
"I already have an offer. I think the retention rates are relatively good."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2017

"The rates were very good but there is a strong leaning towards a particular area of law in my intake so I do think there may be competition when it comes to my qualification."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the firm tries to accommodate all trainees when they qualify and it is a question of business need at the time."
First year trainee, London
"It is typically very good."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are very good. There generally seem to be more job opportunities than trainees and the process is very transparent. The firm is very good at choosing candidates it will want to keep on and at training them up to the level they need to be at to qualify at the firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates are very high at the firm but, inevitably, it may not always be possible to find everyone a role upon qualification. This is particularly true if more than one person has an interest in the same area."
First year trainee, Reading
"Retention rates are very good compared to some other firms. There will always be one or two who want to do other things but, if you want to stay, Osborne Clarke will generally do what they can."
First year trainee, Bristol

2015

"Retention rates are usually strong, and I've received on-going dialogue from each department about availability of NQ positions."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates at the firm are generally good, in the good times."
Second year trainee, London
"The trend so far shows very good retention rates, which makes me confident come qualification time."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Retention rates are very good and given the current success of the firm this looks likely to continue."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have had very high retention rates recently and the firm's clear objective is to retain as many trainees if at all possible."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Retention rates have been 100% for the past two or three sets of qualifiers with additional job vacancies."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The firm makes an effort to retain good trainees."
Second year trainee, Reading
"The retention rates in London have been a bit up and down recently."
Second year trainee, London
"Depends on the office. Not a very transparent procedure/time frame. Should be told earlier of job prospects."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Very varied and it can be hard to qualify into smaller teams depending on the workload at that time."
Second year trainee, London
"Retention rates have been low recently."
First year trainee, London
"Determined by business needs. Firm keen to keep people on given the level of investment made in trainees, but commercial needs rule. A crystal ball to see two years into the future would be helpful."
First year trainee, Reading
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