HR survey: Ashurst

HR head
Peter Griffiths.

Trainee retention rate
95 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
8 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – £48,000;
4-6 years’ PQE – £90,000-£125,000.

Structured bonus system based on billable and otherwise added-value hours.

Training and appraisals
A syllabus of residential courses, soft skills and general training at every stage of development. Online appraisal system.

Partner progression
A list of candidates is drawn up in November. Those eligible need a sponsor partner and a business plan, and must make a presentation to the new-partner committee.

Billable hours target

Flexible and part-time working

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-seven days holiday for all, as well as one duvet day a year for all.

Private health and life insurance, free gym, in-house doctor, dentist and physiotherapist, subsidised canteen and dry cleaning. All staff are eligible for the pension scheme, with contributions at 3:2.