Recommended trainee pay frozen for second year in a row

Ken Dalling

The recommended rates of pay for trainee solicitors will remain the same for the second year in a row, due to the ongoing economic impact of coronavirus, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

The society’s governing Council has agreed that the recommended remuneration rates for trainees will be held at £19,500 for first-year trainees and £22,500 for those in their second year. The rates are effective from today, 1 June 2021.

The recommended rates are advisory only, but are often used by employers as a benchmark. Despite the continuing impact of the pandemic, more than 95 per cent of current trainees are paid at or above the recommended rates. For those that fall below the recommended rates, the Society will only accept trainee contracts that at least meet the National Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation.

Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Over the past year, our members’ firms have faced the most difficult trading year in living memory and many continue to endure the effects of the pandemic.

“Despite a reported upturn in business for some fields of practice, we understand that firms remain under intense pressure to control their costs, including salaries. This is why we have chosen to hold the recommended remuneration rates for trainees at current levels.

“Trainees are integral to the profession and we want to ensure that they are paid fairly for their work. However, it is important that we continue to strike the right balance when setting our recommended pay rates, so as not to discourage trainee recruitment.”

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