Trainee Solicitors Manditory Starting Salary Removed
CRA are disappointed to see the removal of the mandatory wage for all trainee Solicitors. As of next month trainees will no longer get the £16,700 mandatory salary in their first year and could be subject to anything as low as the national minimum wage of £6.31ph.
We can only hope that these changes have a positive and lasting impact on the industry and do not exploit the vulnerable junior members.
“We appreciate that for most trainee lawyers this is inadequate as they will already be in a poor financial situation, many carrying significant debt. For fresh graduates who have just self-funded their LPC courses, going straight into a minimum wage job for an average of 2 years may cause difficulties. We will do whatever we can to assist candidates with their job search. Hopefully these changes won’t have a negative impact on the industry as a whole.”
On the other hand many of our candidates at CRA are graduates so we understand the demand for training contracts, with these changes in places we should expect to see an increase.
If you’re a recent graduate and have any concerns or questions about your future we are more than happy to offer career guidance and advice; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01142418030 for a chat with one of our consultants.