TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017

Allen & Overy triumphs as the UK's most popular graduate recruiter

International law firm Allen & Overy enjoyed a night of triumph at the TARGETjobs Awards ceremony last week, where it was named the UK’s most popular graduate recruiter as well as scooping the top spot in three other categories: most popular recruiter in law, best innovation in student recruitment and best work experience programme.

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards are the UK’s largest early talent recruitment event, and took place at Grosvenor House hotel in London, hosted by Julian Clary. The sector awards were based on a national survey of 62,814 students and recent graduates from 126 universities, carried out by TARGETjobs partner research organisation trendence UK. Other awards were decided by a select panel of students.

The student judging panel put Allen & Overy’s success down to its combination of honesty and commitment when building a relationship with candidates. The panel commented, ‘Allen & Overy have a most thorough approach to a personalised candidate experience; this follows right through to their exit strategy and rehires of alumni. They were honest about challenges and career prospects, but clear in commitment to development wherever the career may go.’

Sarah Cockburn, senior graduate recruitment manager at Allen & Overy, told The Guardian that there would always be a demand for ‘top graduate talent’ – and that experience of customer service, such as a holiday retail job, could make all the difference when it comes to getting hired. She said, ‘We often look for experience of customer service as something that could be useful for a career in law. To that end, having spent time working on a busy retail shop floor in the run-up to Christmas potentially could enhance your skills more than, say, having spent a week at a law firm doing the photocopying.’

The UK’s most popular recruiters in careers from accounting to science

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017 identified the most popular graduate recruiters in the following sectors:

  • Accounting and financial management PwC
  • Banking, insurance and financial services Bank of England
  • Construction, civil engineering and surveying Arup
  • Consulting PwC
  • Consumer goods – manufacturing and marketing adidas Group
  • Energy and utilities BP
  • Engineering, design and manufacture Rolls-Royce
  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism Hilton
  • Investment banking and investment J.P. Morgan
  • IT and technology Google
  • Law Allen & Overy LLP
  • Logistics, transport and supply chain British Airways
  • Public sector MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service
  • Retail Amazon
  • Scientific research and development GSK

The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017 in full

This year, for the first time, the TARGETjobs Awards included a trophy for best university employability strategy, which went to Newcastle University. Other awards celebrated employers’ successes in aspects of recruitment such as use of social media, innovation and diversity strategy.

  • Apprentice of the year Caitlin Sirkett, Aon
  • Best school leaver programme EY
  • Best diversity strategy Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Best innovation in student recruitment Allen & Overy LLP
  • Best work experience programme Allen & Overy LLP
  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting fewer than 50 graduates a year) L’Oréal
  • Best student marketing campaign (for organisations recruiting more than 50 graduates a year) Thales
  • Best use of social media Capgemini
  • Rising star Mustafa Kheraluwala, Rolls-Royce
  • Best graduate website Lloyds Banking Group
  • Best on-boarding experience CGI
  • Graduate employer of the year Allen & Overy LLP
  • AGCAS award for excellence in careers and employability service engagement King’s Group Spain
  • Best social mobility strategy Barclays

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