SRA launches online survey for trainee minimum salary consultation

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has rolled out an online survey as part of its consultation on removing the annual minimum salary for trainees.

Following several face-to-face focus groups held across the country last week, the regulator is now opening the consultation to other members of the profession who failed to attend.

SRA executive director Samantha Barrass said when the consultation was launched: “It would appear setting a minimum salary does not address any identified risk to the public interest or the rule of law, nor is it clear that it improves access to the profession.”

The SRA opened the consultation in January 2012, five years after the regulator decided against axing the minimum pay rates in 2007 (30 May 2007).

The regulator has frozen salary levels for trainees for the last three years, with minimum wages sitting at £18,590 in central London, while the recommended salary for trainees in the capital is also staying put at £19,040 (28 July 2011).

Meanwhile minimum pay for outside London stayed at £16,650, with a recommended salary of £16,940.

The board will spend four months consulting with the profession through focus groups to ensure it has fully considered the potential impact of deregulation. A decision is expected on 16 May 2012.

To access the survey follow this link.