Trainees face £2.60 an hour pay packet under SRA proposals

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  • Great - so we shall be treated the same as semi-skilled worker apprentices rather than highly skilled graduates? Never thought I would see the day a lawyer is put in the same boat as a plumber. But, at least we get national minimum wage after the first year of a TC... (eyeroll).

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  • For this view to even be considered; the training contract would have to be run in conjuction with studying the LPC and the LPC costs would have to be reduced. Cannot see any LPC provider agreeing to lower their fees. Trainee is a 'graduate' position not an 'apprentice' position

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  • Excellent move (without sarcasm). At a time when lawyers are losing jobs faster than any other profession, there should be no minimum wage to protect the lawyers who already have cushy jobs. All such a rule would do is create further unemployment.

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  • Completely ridiculous.

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  • And nevermind the LPC cost reduction- who can afford to live off that amount?

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  • 'Never thought I would see the day a lawyer is put in the same boat as a plumber'. Good grief. How superior.

    You generally get paid what the market conditions dictate. Maybe a plumber will be paid more than a trainee solcitor becuase in the marketplace they are worth more. This change would not mean all wages fall to the bottom. If firms want to attract good candidates they will have to pay well.

    Get in the real world!

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  • Firstly, what an insult to our young graduates, to suggest they offer the same skills and value as an untrained 16 year old. They have been vocationally trained for either 4 or 2 years by this point!

    Secondly, what an unscrupulous way to increase training contracts, to make young people cheap labour.... however, there will not be qualified jobs at the end of it.... and yes, there would be people desparate enough to work for this.

    The legal market is a natural size, it is profoundly unfair on young people to train far more than is necessary to satisfy that size.

    There should NOT be so many course places available or if there are, young people (who have hope and optimism) should be given REALISTIC FIGURES ON JOB VACANCIES AND TRAINING VACANCIES.

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  • Mark Thomason | 22-Mar-2012 4:00 pm

    I dunno, reckon you could find a NVQ provider who would be willing to take on LPC graduates.

    Seriously, though, this stinks to high heaven.

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  • Wonderful news. After all the efforts to bring diversity to the profession and open it up to people of all backgrounds, we are going back to a system which means that only those with wealthy parents can become lawyers.

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  • oi
    some of my best mates are plumbers
    mammamia

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