Exclusive: Ashfords pays staff slave wages
19 October 2012
RollOnFriday can reveal that Ashfords is offering full time paralegals just £12,500 a year: that's less than two thirds of what its local competitors pay.
The roles are being advertised
in Bristol, Exeter and Taunton, and represent £40 in each paralegal's pocket for a day's work. Or in other words, about what an Ashfords partner (average drawings £239,000) would tip the valet to park his Porsche.
It's not clear how the paralegals are expected to survive on so little. As the average rent for a one bed flat in Bristol is around £580 pcm, RollOnFriday numberologists calculate that would leave a paralegal with about £11 a day for everything else.
And the jobs on offer are certainly not for kids straight out of school: the ad states that applicants should have a degree and / or the LPC, and ideally have relevant property experience.
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It seems clear that Ashfords' offer is way off the mark: Burges Salmon
told RollOnFriday that its Bristol paralegals make "above £20,000
", and Osborne Clarke
said it paid "a starting salary of around £20,000
The firm declined to comment.