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Trainee Retention

8.4 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2018)


"This can vary wildly depending on which office you are looking to qualify into."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"It is dependent on the team you want to qualify into and whether there are any jobs available, but it looks promising."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm has fairly good retention rates."
First year trainee, Whiteley, Southampton
"Retention rates seem to vary year on year. The vast majority of recent trainees have been retained."
First year trainee, Northampton


"Shoosmiths is a growing firm and I am hopeful that there will be a position for me in the future."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Very good."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Very confident that the firm will attempt to keep me on. My only concern is whether new qualifier jobs will be available in practice areas that I want to qualify into at offices that are convenient. This is not certain."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"There are usually jobs available, albeit not always what people want to qualify into. The firm faces a challenge retaining trainees with the opportunity to qualify into bigger firms."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Retention has been great the last couple of years. Rates only struggle if there are lots of people applying for the same position."
Second year trainee, Solent


"Retention rates are good. It is a fairly transparent process with early indication if there is/is not a job in your preferred department."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Retention rates are 50:50, but the firm really tries to retain trainees where it can. It is more a case by case basis and if you impress a team you have a good chance of being retained."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"Retention rates are high but mostly in Real Estate and Corporate Departments, I would say that jobs in other areas need to be improved, personally."
First year trainee, Southampton


"The retention rate has dipped in the last few years, but hopefully the improved market will transfer directly to retention rates."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Retention varies by office and what the trainees in that intake want to do on qualification, but certain offices like Manchester are growing at a fantastic rate and NQ retention rates are high."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I believe that previous intakes have all been looked after, even where no job was available, and are sometimes offered client secondments with a view to gaining a job there."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Trainee retention is dependent upon the market and budget, but it is clear that the firm wants to retain the trainees that it has invested heavily in."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Retention rates have been mixed, but this is not always due to a shortage of jobs so much than people not wanting to go into the departments that have vacancies. I am confident that should the firm not have a vacancy in my chosen field, I will have excellent prospects in other firms with the training I have received."
First year trainee, Reading


"Retention rates are generally very high at the firm."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Last year the retention rate was 100% which will hopefully continue this year."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"The retention rates are good but you never know what is going to happen."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"The retention rate was 100% last year, although sometimes it means being flexible on what job you accept."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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