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Trainee Retention

7.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)


"The retention rates here are high."
First year trainee, London
"Retention rates are good, but it is difficult to know whether there will be an opening in your chosen field."
Second year trainee, Guildford, Surrey
"The firm generally has a very high retention rate across all offices."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The retention rates at the firm are fairly good. However, I think it somewhat depends on luck of the draw and business need. It may be that you love an area of law but that department hired a new qualifier the year before and therefore they're not hiring during your round of qualification."
Second year trainee,
"I feel very positive about the retention rates at the firm. I think that the firm helps trainees to identify what they are interested in and will offer permanent jobs in a wide range of teams."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"Retention was near to 80% last year. If PMC wants to keep you, it will find a way."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading


"I think retention rates are fairly high here."
"Retention rates are generally good and all but one of the London trainees was kept on last year. However, it very much depends on how many trainees want to qualify in any particular area of law."
"This varies year on year so it's hard to say. It's more competitive in London than in regional offices due to the smaller regional intakes."
"Retention rates are good but, like most firms, there is no guarantee of a place in your chosen field."
"The retention rates have been good for the last few years."


"There are good opportunities to stay if there is an opening."
First year trainee, Oxford
"Retention rates are generally pretty good but it totally depends on whether trainees are going for the same spots as there is usually only one position per department."
First year trainee, London
"The retention rates are around 80%, which I think is very good."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"They seem to vary from year to year."
First year trainee, Guildford
"It is often a question of whether there is space in the department you want to qualify into. There is a good chance that a few trainees could be competing for one space in a particular department, leading to fewer trainees being kept on."
First year trainee, London
"Records suggest good retention rates."
First year trainee, Guildford
"While I feel confident that I could be kept on, securing a new qualifier job in an office that you did not train in may not be so easy. Regional offices seem to have better retention than the London office."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Retention rates at the firm are generally very good."
First year trainee, Oxford


"The firm has good retention rates, but naturally they do depend on what jobs are available."
First year trainee, Surrey
"If there is a place in the department's budget for an NQ they will always try to take you on."
First year trainee, London
"We recently had a merger, and the result was more trainees than usual. Whilst I am sure they will try and retain me in my role, I am not so confident that it will necessarily be in my first choice of practice area."
First year trainee, Guildford
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