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Students have their say at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards

Which graduate recruiter did YOU vote for? The UK’s most popular graduate employers, chosen by a poll of thousands of students, were unveiled last night at the annual TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, the largest graduate recruitment event in Europe.

This year, the winners were selected by a record number of students and recent graduates, as more than 27,000 voters took part in the annual survey carried out by international research firm trendence that is the basis for the awards. The prestigious Graduate Employer of the Year award went to Clifford Chance, and many other top recruiters were also recognised for their standing among students at the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.

We’d like to thank everybody who took part in the survey and hope that you’ll get involved again next time. Every vote counts, and it’s a unique opportunity to have your say about employers.

The UK’s most popular graduate recruiters in professions ranging from accountancy to science

Here are the most sought-after employers in 14 graduate career areas, identified by the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014:

  • Accounting and financial management PwC
  • Banking, insurance and financial services HSBC Bank
  • Construction, civil engineering and surveying Atkins
  • Consulting McKinsey & Company
  • Consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing Unilever
  • Energy and utilities BP
  • Engineering, design and manufacture Rolls-Royce
  • Investment banking and investment J.P. Morgan
  • IT and technology Google
  • Law Allen & Overy
  • Logistics, transport and supply chain British Airways
  • Public sector NHS Graduate Schemes
  • Retail John Lewis Partnership
  • Scientific research and development GlaxoSmithKline

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2014 winners in full

In all, 28 awards were presented last night, including best website, best school leaver programme and, for the first time, a new award to recognise good practice in social mobility recruitment. There were also two awards given to outstanding individuals who have made a huge contribution to their employer’s business in the early stages of their careers.

  • The AGCAS award for excellence in careers and employability service engagement Shell
  • The advancement of social mobility in graduate recruitment award Credit Suisse
  • The best use of social media The Army
  • The best apprenticeship programme HSBC Bank
  • The best school-leaver programme KPMG
  • The apprentice of the year award Reece Morrison, Mott MacDonald
  • The best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) Microsoft
  • The best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year Deloitte
  • The best graduate recruitment website Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • The best undergraduate internship/vacation programme BP
  • The innovation on campus award E.ON
  • The rising star award Kyle McQueen, Barclays
  • The diversity recruitment award Teach First

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