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Where in the UK are you most likely to get a graduate job?

Find out about where you are most likely to be offered a graduate job in the UK and beyond.

London is the country’s biggest hotspot for graduate recruitment, as you might expect, and offers 47% of all vacancies available from employers belonging to the Insitute of Student Employers (ISE), according to a survey published in September 2019.

ISE members are typically large, multinational companies that recruit large numbers of graduates, and it's important to bear in mind that there are also graduate employment opportunities with small businesses across the UK.

Graduate jobs across the UK and beyond

Here's the breakdown of graduate hires by region, according to the ISE survey published in September 2019.

  • London 47%
  • South East 9%
  • West Midlands 7%
  • North West 6%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside 5%
  • South West 4%
  • Scotland 5%
  • East Midlands 4%
  • East of England 2%
  • North East 3%
  • Wales 1%
  • Northern Ireland 1%
  • Europe 2%
  • Rest of the world 2%

Flexibility will increase your chances of getting hired

You will increase your chances of finding employment if you are willing to be flexible. Many big graduate recruiters have offices across the UK, and vacancies are more likely to be oversubscribed in the big cities. This means those who are happy to work in other locations are in a relatively strong position to get hired. You should also consider applying to smaller businesses, often referred to as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to maximise your chances of employment.

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