Training contract numbers down by 5 per cent

The Law Society’s Annual Statistical Report has revealed that training contract numbers decreased slightly in 2013-14.

Some 5,001 traineeships were registered in that year. This is down 5.6 per cent on 2012-13, when 5,302 new traineeships were registered with the SRA.

However, it is higher than the numbers registered in 2009-10 and 2011-12, demonstrating that the number of training contracts has broadly stabilised since the recession.

The number of training contracts reached a high of 6,303 in 2007-08. The most recent low was in 2009-10 when just 4,784 were registered.

The Law Society’s report also revealed that just over 60 per cent of training contracts went to women in 2013-14 – a figure broadly in line with the numbers of the last ten years.

Nearly 55 per cent of all training contracts are London-based. The second largest region for training contracts is the North West, which accounts for a further 11 per cent.

Very large firms – those with 81 or more partners – now offer well over than a third (38 per cent) of all training contracts, up from a quarter in 1998-99.

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