Training contract deferrals force Generation Y to learn patience

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  • I'm afraid I'm not very sympathetic. I've always thought it seems rather unfair that the big city firms pay trainees more than double the minimum recommended salary, plus GDL fees, plus LPC fees, plus a living allowance. Now, these incentives represent more money for nothing! Lucky things.
    If you aren't interested in pursuing a city career or working for a big corporate firm then you often receive no assistance with fees at all and are expected to live on £16,500 for 2 years whilst training. I don't think it is fair to assume that those trainees are any less intelligent or hardworking than their city peers. You can't assume their income is supplemented by parents either. They will also have student loans and be in debt (probably with a professional studies loan) as it is virtually impossible to leave university/law school without this now.

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  • As far as I'm aware Maclay Murray and Spens are offering the standard £5,000 to defer rather than the zero stated. Unless there is a disparity between London and elsewhere!

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  • I have a training contract with a firm that (as far as anyone can tell) seems to be weathering the storm. I will put my hand up and say that I am terrified that I will be asked to defer, I have worked long and hard to get here (as we all have) and I just want to get out and work.
    However, is it just me who is slightly peeved that the firms are not only putting qualification another 12 months in the future and seriously disturbing our plans, but trying to dictate how you spend the time? I think it's outrageous that they would stipulate that a trainee does certain things with their year, when the situation is hardly their fault. I am deeply sick of studying - I have been doing it non-stop since I was 4 (bar holidays, before anyone says) and I am scraping at the door to get out and earn some money. If my firm tried to stipulate I do a masters to be entitled to more money I would certainly have something to say about it.

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  • Many Scottish firms including the one I was due to join this September are not offering any sort of compensation to their trainees which have been forced to defer.

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