The Guardian UK 300 most popular graduate employers

The Guardian UK 300

...as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian UK 300 is compiled from one of the biggest ever surveys of students and is conducted by international research firm trendence.

The trendence Graduate Barometer asks students which career sectors interest them the most and which graduate employers within those sectors they most want to work for. From the results, the 300 most popular UK employers AND the most popular employers within the major graduate career sectors are ranked.

In 2014, nearly 30,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Barometer. The 2015 survey is open now: have your say, take part here

The UK300

Rank
2014/15
Employer name Rank
2013/14
Diff
1 NHS Graduate Schemes 1 same
2 BBC 5 up
3 Google 2 down
4 GSK 3 down
5 Microsoft 6 up
6 PwC 8 up
7 Unilever 7 same
8 Jaguar Land Rover 20 up
9 John Lewis Partnership 18 up
10 Rolls-Royce (Civil & Defence Aerospace, Marine, Energy) 11 up
11 Civil Service Fast Stream 9 down
12 Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) 19 up
13 Teach First 15 up
14 IBM 17 up
15 Channel 4 25 up
16 Deloitte 12 down
17 J.P. Morgan 22 up
18 Security Service (MI5) 29 up
19 BP 13 down
20 Guardian Media Group 26 up
21 Amazon 16 down
22 Goldman Sachs 21 down
23 KPMG 27 up
24 Local Government – National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) - -
25 Procter & Gamble (P&G) 23 down
26 L'Oréal 38 up
27 Airbus 28 up
28 HSBC Bank plc 38 up
29 Barclays 24 down
30 Shell 32 up
31 AstraZeneca 30 down
32 BAE Systems 31 down
33 Oxfam 34 up
34 Allen & Overy LLP 53 up
35 British Council 46 up
36 EY 14 down
37 Marks & Spencer 39 up
38 Pfizer 37 down
39 EU Institutions 35 down
40 Linklaters LLP 68 up
41 Sky 90 up
42 Atkins 57 up
43 Hilton Worldwide 55 up
44 Cancer Research UK - -
45 EDF Energy 58 up
46 Clifford Chance 73 up
47 Arup 63 up
48 Arcadia Group 54 up
49 Samsung 76 up
50 McKinsey & Company 49 down
51 The Army 48 down
52 Slaughter and May 62 up
53 Morgan Stanley 43 down
54 Accenture 45 down
55 Siemens 79 up
56 The Royal Air Force 65 up
57 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 86 up
58 Deutsche Bank 51 down
59 Nestlé 69 up
60 Network Rail 71 up
61 Johnson & Johnson 75 up
62 Mars 105 up
63 The Body Shop (now part of L'Oréal) 96 up
64 HM Revenue & Customs 42 down
65 Lloyds Banking Group 60 down
66 Metropolitan Police 72 up
67 Apple 4 down
68 Boston Consulting Group 67 down
69 Bloomberg 66 down
70 The Bank of England 61 down
71 AAH Pharmaceuticals 70 down
72 ExxonMobil 56 down
73 adidas Group 91 up
74 BMW Group (BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars) 77 up
75 STFC (The Science and Technology Facilities Council) 92 up
76 Baker & McKenzie LLP 118 up
77 Abercrombie & Fitch 95 up
78 Dyson 98 up
79 GCHQ 84 up
80 Hogan Lovells 123 up
81 E.ON 110 up
82 Citi 101 up
83 Tesco 85 up
84 Mondelez International (Kraft, Cadbury etc) 40 down
85 Abbott Laboratories 94 up
86 Intel 52 down
87 GE 74 down
88 Boots 80 down
89 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 81 down
90 Bain & Company 97 up
91 Bayer 103 up
92 Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains 130 up
93 BT 82 down
94 DLA Piper LLP 104 up
95 The Royal Navy 108 up
96 Credit Suisse 83 down
97 Aldi 116 up
98 DSTL 131 up
99 Simmons & Simmons 149 up
100 Toyota 126 up
101 Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 159 up
102 Merlin Entertainments 147 up
103 Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 132 up
104 Eversheds LLP 113 up
105 Bird & Bird 162 up
106 Pinsent Masons LLP 125 up
107 Ubisoft 87 down
108 Sainsbury's 107 down
109 National Grid 120 up
110 Transport for London 99 down
111 Facebook 100 down
112 Irwin Mitchell 146 up
113 Schlumberger 114 up
114 BlackRock - -
115 Mott MacDonald 93 down
116 Lloyd's 122 up
117 Grant Thornton 121 up
118 Sony 64 down
119 ARM 135 up
120 Ferrero - -
121 Balfour Beatty 111 down
122 Cisco 128 up
123 Santander 137 up
124 HP 102 down
125 AECOM 154 up
126 Next Retail PLC - -
127 WPP - -
128 American Express 161 up
129 Diageo 112 down
130 nucleargraduates 133 up
131 UBS 142 up
132 The Royal Bank of Scotland Group 115 down
133 British Sugar 124 down
134 Roche 136 up
135 Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) 144 up
136 Co-operative Group 106 down
137 BASF 143 up
138 QinetiQ 153 up
139 Asda 138 down
140 Laing O'Rourke 156 up
141 CMS Cameron McKenna 185 up
142 Thales 193 up
143 British Airways 36 down
144 Macfarlanes LLP 213 up
145 Ford 145 same
146 Wragge & Co LLP (now known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co) 242 up
147 Babcock 183 up
148 Yorkshire Water 127 down
149 Merck 129 down
150 Nomura 158 up
151 Volkswagen Group 150 down
152 Lidl 172 up
153 ABB 199 up
154 Clyde & Co LLP 200 up
155 Nabarro LLP 287 up
156 Johnson Matthey - -
157 Anglian Water Services 134 down
158 National Audit Office 151 down
159 Bond Dickinson LLP 217 up
160 Reckitt Benckiser 163 up
161 Jones Day 188 up
162 Shoosmiths 191 up
163 Ashurst LLP 197 up
164 Sellafield Ltd 173 up
165 Addleshaw Goddard 177 up
166 AkzoNobel 181 up
167 PA Consulting 152 down
168 TJX Europe (TK Maxx) - -
169 npower 160 down
170 Zurich Financial Services 164 down
171 BDO 169 down
172 Berwin Leighton Paisner 296 up
173 Capgemini 139 down
174 Allianz 157 down
175 Tata Steel 175 same
176 Mercer 179 up
177 AMEC 182 up
178 White & Case LLP 290 up
179 Reed Smith 206 up
180 Burges Salmon 231 up
181 Buro Happold 184 up
182 Lloyd's Register 189 up
183 Jacobs Engineering - -
184 Jagex 204 up
185 Travers Smith LLP 240 up
186 Morrisons - -
187 Nissan 170 down
188 Mills & Reeve LLP 190 up
189 Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) 288 up
190 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom UK LLP 226 up
191 Ocado 249 up
192 BNP Paribas - -
193 Mishcon de Reya - -
194 Financial Conduct Authority - -
195 Total 155 down
196 Honda 187 down
197 Centrica (British Gas) 292 up
198 UK Power Networks 227 up
199 RPC 259 up
200 Latham & Watkins LLP - -
201 ScottishPower 171 down
202 Nationwide 195 down
203 Mayer Brown International LLP 286 up
204 BAM Construct UK 224 up
205 Skype (UK) - -
206 Aon 165 down
207 Veolia Water 196 down
208 Skanska 289 up
209 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 297 up
210 Taylor Wessing 207 down
211 Caterpillar 214 up
212 Farrer & Co 218 up
213 Olswang LLP 225 up
214 ConocoPhillips 201 down
215 Kier Group - -
216 URS 208 down
217 Hill Dickinson LLP 209 down
218 McDonald's Restaurants 220 up
219 EE 271 up
220 MBDA 178 down
221 AXA 198 down
222 JCB 210 down
223 Kennedys - -
224 Bristows 230 up
225 Shearman & Sterling LLP 238 up
226 Wood Group - -
227 Oracle 166 down
228 AB InBev 176 down
229 Alstom 194 down
230 Cummins 293 up
231 Standard Life 295 up
232 Weil, Gotshal & Manges 241 up
233 Dentons 281 up
234 Essar Oil - -
235 MACE - -
236 Dell 140 down
237 Telefónica O2 192 down
238 DHL 202 down
239 Jackson Civil Engineering 219 down
240 Société Générale 222 down
241 Osborne Clarke 235 down
242 Air Products 246 up
243 Charles Russell LLP 255 up
244 Pannone - -
245 Aviva 168 down
246 Kirkland and Ellis LLP 211 down
247 TLT Solicitors LLP - -
248 Walker Morris 299 up
249 Dialog Semiconductor 216 down
250 BAM Nuttall 291 up
251 Ashfords LLP 228 down
252 Sir Robert McAlpine 239 down
253 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 245 down
254 Weightmans 250 down
255 Amey 251 down
256 Ince & Co 258 up
257 King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin 262 up
258 Yahoo! UK & Ireland - -
259 Ministry of Defence 148 down
260 Vodafone 180 down
261 CHP Consulting 215 down
262 Withers LLP 223 down
263 Blake Lapthorn 254 down
264 Holman Fenwick Willan 274 up
265 CGI 298 up
266 United Utilities 167 down
267 BG Group - -
268 Kimberly-Clark 212 down
269 Field Fisher Waterhouse 256 down
270 Metaswitch Networks 261 down
271 Anthony Gold Solicitors - -
272 Capsticks - -
273 Lawrence Graham LLP (now known as Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co) 119 down
274 Nokia - -
275 Petrofac - -
276 Sidley Austin LLP - -
277 CH2M HILL - -
278 Phillips 66 244 down
279 Bechtel 253 down
280 DAC Beachcroft LLP 252 down
281 Stephenson Harwood 263 down
282 Trowers & Hamlins 285 up
283 Brodies LLP - -
283 First Group - -
285 Northrop Grumman - -
286 Dundas & Wilson 186 down
287 Gateley 233 down
288 Morgan Sindall 234 down
289 Penningtons LLP 243 down
290 Imagination Technologies 257 down
291 BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 266 down
292 Browne Jacobson LLP - -
293 Freeth Cartwright LLP - -
294 Fujitsu 203 down
295 DESG 294 down
296 Kerry Group 300 up
297 SAP 221 down
298 Red Gate Software 236 down
299 Max Fordham 247 down
300 Forsters LLP 260 down
 

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