Scientific research and development

Employers of scientists include: large industrial firms; small to medium-sized enterprises; university departments; healthcare providers; research councils; think tanks; intergovernmental organisations such as the UN; non-governmental organisations such as Greenpeace; research institutes funded by charities such as Cancer Research; and government agencies.

The top five on the list remain unchanged this year and there is a large number of international pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. However, two public sector organisations have newly joined the list: the Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support and the STFC.

sector winner
Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity, Public & Civil Service +10

1
GSK

GSK

Science, R&D, Food industry +9

2
AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca

HR & Recruitment +28

3
Pfizer

Pfizer

Science, R&D, Food industry +9

4
Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson

Retail, Business & Commercial Services +8

5
Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence

Charity, Public & Civil Service +10

6
NEW
STFC

STFC

Science, R&D, Food industry +9

7
NEW
Bayer

Bayer

Science, R&D, Food industry +9

8
1
Boots

Boots

Retail, Business & Commercial Services

9