HR survey: Browne Jacobson


HR head
Eileen Henry.

Trainee retention rate
100 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
13 per cent.

Salary range
Nottingham: NQ – £32,000, senior associate – £60,000;
Birmingham: NQ – £33,000;
London: £38,000.

Bonuses
The general bonus system has been discontinued. Now bonuses are only available to partners, determined through formal appraisals, targets, specific reviews and awarded annually. The value range is between £5,000 and £30,000.

Training
More than 200 courses available. The firm’s management courses have been accredited by the Law Society and 1 per cent of the budget goes into training.

Appraisals
Committed to the process, but not 360°.

Partner progression
Formal process in August. Group heads put forward potential candidates, who undertake written papers, psychometric tests and full panel interviews.

Billable hours target
1,350 (partners 1,200).

Flexible and part-time working
Offered.

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-five days, can be bought or sold.

Benefits
Medical health insurance, permanent health insurance, employee assistance programmes, car parking, life cover. Pensions contributions start at 1 per cent of salary matched by 4 per cent at age 25 years onwards.