Exclusive: DLA Piper’s regional trainees fume over pay slapdown
10 August 2018
Trainees at DLA Piper have lambasted the firm for a change in policy which means that regional trainees are paid less than London trainees when sent on international secondment.
Before July this year, the firm's policy was that all UK trainees who went on international secondment were paid the London trainee wage. Pay was therefore uplifted for those from the regions going on secondment. A DLA trainee told RollOnFriday that this was "considered necessary"
as working in the overseas offices could be difficult for those still paying mortgages back in the UK if they didn't get the uplift.
However, DLA's grad rec team has now announced to trainees that there is no more uplift. A disgruntled DLA trainee said this "flies directly against the DLA 'One UK' policy
". And RollOnFriday has been told by an insider at a similar sized law firm that all of its trainees, City or regional, are paid the same wage when they work on an international secondment.
It is not known whether those individuals from regional offices who were sold the expat life in DLA's offices such as Dubai, New York, Singapore or Hong Kong will now be considering whether to supplement their lifestyle by becoming crack mules on the side to survive.
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A DLA spokeswoman confirmed to RollOnFriday that the change in policy was due to a new international programme being implemented by the firm. However, she added that all trainees sent abroad receive a number of benefits including travel and baggage costs for relocation, serviced accommodation withing walking distance to the office, medical insurance and a tax-free daily allowance.
And one of the disgruntled trainees who was upset at the new policy did accept that the secondments provide "a fantastic opportunity
" to work in "great overseas offices
" adding that perhaps the complaint "may seem petty in the grand scheme of things