UK trainee retention figures a mixed bag
Trainee retention figures are finding their way out into the light of day, and some of the results are less than pretty.
Slaughter and May has offered a job to all of its 59 trainees – a retention rate of 100 per cent. US firms Sidley Austin and Kirkland & Ellis also retained 100 per cent of trainees, though these firms took on considerably fewer green lawyers – 7 and 6 trainees respectively.
At Pinsent Masons the numbers are not so healthy, with 45 trainees competing for 32 newly qualified positions – an offer rate of just 71 per cent. Allen & Overy isn’t doing much better, offering positions to 72 per cent of trainees – or 38 out of 53. Worse still are the figures at SNR Denton, where 56 per cent of trainees – or 13 out of 23 – have been offered a job.
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