For the purposes of this section, we took the twenty highest average scores in each survey category to produce our tables.
Because the difference in scores between the firms was sometimes negligible, full average scores are shown here, e.g. 87.6, rather than the rounded-up scores (88%) which appear in the main section of the book. Even so, some firms received exactly the same score, so their position in the table is equal, and in some instances the tables therefore have more than twenty firms.
When assessing the tables we performed recommended statistical tests to ensure that the analysis was valid, representative and robust. We used our professional judgement to exclude what we perceived to be outlying or unrepresentative elements in the data.
Readers should also be aware that our survey covered a very wide range of firms, from global giants with hundreds of trainees to niche and regional firms with only a handful of trainees, so in these tables we are not attempting to compare like with like. If readers wish to do this (e.g. to compare scores for work/life balance at the Magic Circle firms), they should refer to the scores on the individual firms’ pages.