Simmons retains just 54 per cent of spring qualifiers

Simmons & Simmons has revealed a retention rate of 54 per cent, holding on to six of 11 of its qualifiers this spring.

Ten trainees choose to apply for NQ roles at the firm, with one electing not to stay on after qualification. The firm offered jobs to seven of the ten trainees who applied, making its offer rate 70 per cent.

Five of the six trainees will qualify into the London office, will the final one will transfer to its Doha outpost, launched in 2003.

Simmons has an inconsistent retention record. Its best result of recent years came in autumn 2012, when it kept on 34 of its 38 qualifiers (89.5 per cent). Last March, 81 per cent of qualifying trainees were kept on in NQ positions – nine out of 11.

However, over the last eight retention seasons, it has only managed to hold on to 116 of a total 159 qualifiers – 73 per cent.

Simmons retention

Simmons’ recent retention rates

Spring 2014: 6 of 11 (54 per cent) 

Autumn 2013: 17 of 24 (71 per cent)

Spring 2013: 9 of 11 (82 per cent)

Autumn 2012: 34 of 38 (89.5 per cent)

Spring 2012: 2 of 8 (25 per cent)

Autumn 2011: 10 of 17 (59 per cent)

Spring 2011: 12 of 15 (80 per cent)

Autumn 2010: 25 of 35 (71.5 per cent)