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The JLD on the minimum wage abolition: grave, exploitative and exclusive

Tamasin Dorosti, member on the Junior Lawyers Division Executive Committee, talks to Young Lawyer about the harmful effects of abolishing an industry minimum wage and how you can express your opinion

31 July 2014

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) represents students, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to five years post-qualification experience across England and Wales, with a membership of 70,000.

The JLD believes that it is in the interests of students and trainee solicitors particularly to have a prescribed minimum salary higher than the national minimum wage (which is what firms could legitimately pay their trainees from 1 August 2014).

If the national minimum wage applies to trainee solicitors, they will earn £6.08 per hour with a monthly take home of £838.02, based on a 35-hour working week.

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