Debate over minimum wage for trainees in the UK
Debate rages over whether to abolish the national minimum salary for trainee solicitors in the UK. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is currently consulting on the issue, and has published a warning on its website, informing solicitors that they could be paid as little as £2.60 an hour during their training contracts if the national minimum salary for trainee solicitors is abolished.
The figure of £2.60 comes from a consultation paper from the SRA, which indicated that trainees might be catgorised as apprentices, for whom the munimum wage is £2.60 per hour
The current minimum salaryfor solicitors is £18,590 in London and £16,650 elsewhere, and a standard has been in place since the early 90s.
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