HR survey: Bond Pearce


HR head
Tony Askham.

Trainee retention rate
76 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
12-8 per cent.

Salary range
£27,000-£60,000.

Bonuses
Ad hoc performance-related bonuses and a Christmas bonus, awarded annually and determined by the divisional head or management board. The value ranges from £500-£12,000.

Training
Ongoing in-house training programme for both black-letter law and personal improvement skills, as well as department-specific training.

Appraisals
Thorough appraisal process, including regular meetings with line managers.

Partner progression
Sixteen per cent of partners are home-grown. Currently there are eight lateral partners. Youngest partner 30. Partner selection involves psychometric testing, verbal reasoning and lateral thinking.

Billable hours target
140 hours per month.

Flexible and part-time working
No flexible working hours policy. Part-time working offered subject to business needs.

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five to twenty-eight days.

Benefits
Life assurance, private medical and permanent health insurance, company car/car allowance, Christmas bonus and weighting allowance. Pensions contributions are 4 per cent for all levels of staff.