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The Guardian UK 300: the most popular graduate employers for 2017/18

The Guardian UK 300 lists the top 300 graduate employers, as voted for by students. We asked trendence UK, a partner of TARGETjobs’ parent company GTI, to conduct a survey of university students’ attitudes towards employers and 62,814 students responded – making it our largest and most comprehensive survey yet. Now we can reveal not only the top 300 graduate employers in the UK (see below) but also the top employers in 19 different career sectors.

How we compiled the survey that reveals the top 300 graduate employers

Our survey, the trendence Graduate Study 2017, accepted responses from 1 September 2016 to 15 January 2017; 62,814 students took part. Firstly, the survey requested students to declare a broad career sector in which they were interested. Secondly, students were provided with a list of employers and were asked to deselect those about whose employment opportunities they knew nothing. Thirdly, they ranked the remaining employers in terms of their attractiveness. Finally, they ranked a top three. Once collected, the data was cleansed and weighted by HESA population statistics to ensure that findings are accurate and representative.

Who completed the survey?

Of the survey respondents, 64% of respondents identified as female and 36% as male. In terms of their studies, 51% were in their final year, 20% in their penultimate year and 29% in their first year.

1

Google

Last year: 1

Career sectors: IT and technology

same
2

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 2

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

same
3

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 4

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Science and research

up
4

MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

Last year: 3

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
5

Channel 4

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

Last year: 6

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel

same

Last year: 8

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
8

Amazon

Last year: 5

Career sectors: HR and recruitment, IT and technology, Retail, buying and merchandising

down
9

MI5 – The Security Service

Last year: 7

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down

Last year: 9

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 10

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 16

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up
13

PwC

Last year: 13

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Law solicitors, Management consulting, Public service, charity and social work

same
14

NHS

Last year: 11

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down

Last year: 14

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down

Last year: 18

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up

Last year: 15

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
18

Penguin Random House

Last year: 12

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

down

Last year: 20

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Management consulting

up

Last year: 19

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down
21

adidas Group

Last year: 27

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
22

KPMG

Last year: 29

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Management consulting

up

Last year: 21

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
24

AstraZeneca

Last year: 24

Career sectors: Science and research

same

Last year: 23

Career sectors: Engineering

down
26

ngdp

Last year: 26

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

same
27

IBM

Last year: 34

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

up

Last year: 17

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
29

British Council

Last year: 28

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
30

Sky

Last year: 22

Career sectors: IT and technology, Media, journalism and publishing

down
31

Apple

Last year: 25

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 33

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 44

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
34

EY

Last year: 37

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, IT and technology

up
35

Pfizer

Last year: 30

Career sectors: Science and research

down

Last year: 36

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

same
37

European Commission

Last year: 40

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
38

BP

Last year: 32

Career sectors: Engineering

down
39

Procter & Gamble

Last year: 43

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
40

HSBC

Last year: 42

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
41

The Army

Last year: 38

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
42

Samsung

Last year: 39

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
43

HM Revenue and Customs

Last year: 53

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
44

Shell

Last year: 31

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 55

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

up

Last year: 49

Career sectors: IT and technology, Media, journalism and publishing

up
47

Aston Martin

Last year: 48

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 45

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 56

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, IT and technology, Media, journalism and publishing

up
50

Oxfam

Last year: 35

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down

Last year: 41

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
52

Hilton Worldwide

Last year: 51

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel

down

Last year: 52

Career sectors: Engineering

down
54

McLaren

Last year: 68

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 46

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
56

GCHQ

Last year: 60

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
57

McKinsey & Company

Last year: 58

Career sectors: Management consulting

up
58

Royal Air Force Engineering

Last year: 47

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down

Last year: 58

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

down
60

Rockstar Games

Last year: 54

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 62

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up
62

Arup

Last year: 57

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

down

Last year: 63

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment

same

Last year: 69

Career sectors: Management consulting

up
65

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

Last year: 82

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 50

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 61

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Logistics, transport and supply chain

down
68

Royal Navy

Last year: 83

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
69

Abercrombie & Fitch

Last year: 81

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
70

Metropolitan Police

Last year: 70

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

same
71

Mars

Last year: 76

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
72

Aldi

Last year: 66

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
73

Atkins

Last year: 75

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services

up
74

Facebook

Last year: 72

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
75

Intel

Last year: 85

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
76

Merlin Entertainments plc

Last year: 80

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
77

Siemens

Last year: 65

Career sectors: Engineering

down
78

AECOM

Last year: 86

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering

up
79

STFC

Last year: 77

Career sectors: Science and research

down

Last year: 92

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
81

Dyson

Last year: 100

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 87

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
83

Boots

Last year: 88

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up

Last year: 74

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 73

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

down

Last year: 79

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 78

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

down
88

BT

Last year: 99

Career sectors: IT and technology, Marketing, advertising and PR, Retail, buying and merchandising

up
89

Mondelez International

Last year: 64

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down

Last year: 67

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 71

Career sectors: Engineering

down
92

GE

Last year: 95

Career sectors: Engineering

up
93

Ubisoft

Last year: 84

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 90

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
95

Bayer

Last year: 94

Career sectors: Science and research

down
96

Cisco Systems

Last year: 109

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
97

Citi

Last year: 111

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up

Last year: 96

Career sectors: Management consulting

down

Last year: 106

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Sales

up

Last year: 96

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

down
101

BlackRock

Last year: 104

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up
102

ARM Ltd

Last year: 115

Career sectors: Engineering, IT and technology

up
103

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

Last year: 102

Career sectors: Engineering, HR and recruitment, Logistics, transport and supply chain

down

Last year: 103

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down
105

Linklaters LLP

Last year: 107

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 98

Career sectors: Engineering

down
107

Santander

Last year: 116

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 91

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 89

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 113

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up

Last year: 105

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down
112

Sony Music

Last year: 101

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
113

Lidl

Last year: 118

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
114

AWE

Last year: 119

Career sectors: Engineering, Science and research

up
115

Merck

Last year: 133

Career sectors: Science and research

up
116

Roche

Last year: 93

Career sectors: Science and research

down
117

Eversheds

Last year: 112

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
118

Ministry of Defence

Last year: 130

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up

Last year: 142

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment

up
120

DSTL

Last year: 140

Career sectors: Engineering, IT and technology, Science and research

up

Last year: 176

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management and business, Management consulting

up

Last year: 186

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, IT and technology

up
123

HP

Last year: 108

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 131

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 121

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 153

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Science and research

up
127

Jacobs

Last year: 138

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering

up
128

Telefonica UK ( O2 )

Last year: 110

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
129

Next plc

Last year: 154

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
130

Volkswagen Group UK

Last year: 160

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 216

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Engineering, Management and business

up

Last year: 170

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
133

Lloyd's

Last year: 124

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down

Last year: 155

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 123

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
136

RBS

Last year: 125

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down
137

E.ON

Last year: 136

Career sectors: Engineering

down
138

Danone

Last year: 144

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 227

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
140

Yorkshire Water

Last year: 178

Career sectors: Engineering

up
141

Allianz

Last year: 147

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 117

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 189

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up

Last year: 128

Career sectors: Construction and building services

down
145

Bosch

Last year: 149

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 114

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 132

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 145

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
149

Asda

Last year: 139

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down

Last year: 167

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 156

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
152

Jagex

Last year: 172

Career sectors: IT and technology

up

Last year: 152

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
154

CMS

Last year: 224

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
155

Pinsent Masons LLP

Last year: 141

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
156

DWF LLP

Last year: 164

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
157

Ford

Last year: 158

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Engineering, HR and recruitment

up

Last year: 134

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
159

QinetiQ

Last year: 127

Career sectors: Engineering

down
160

Abbott UK

Last year: 165

Career sectors: Healthcare

up

Last year: 126

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
162

Grant Thornton

Last year: 120

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management

down
163

Honda

Last year: 181

Career sectors: Engineering

up
164

UBS

Last year: 143

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down
165

BASF

Last year: 168

Career sectors: Science and research

up
166

Kier Group plc.

Last year: 174

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up

Last year: 180

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up

Last year: 173

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

up
169

Mace

Last year: 217

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up
170

EE

Last year: 151

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
171

Nationwide

Last year: 184

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
172

WPP

Last year: 148

Career sectors: Marketing, advertising and PR

down
173

Zurich

Last year: 129

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down
174

Blake Morgan LLP

Last year: 183

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
175

Sainsbury's

Last year: 146

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
176

SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy)

Last year: 206

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 163

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down

Last year: 256

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
179

Total UK

Last year: 192

Career sectors: Engineering

up
180

Anthony Gold Solicitors

Last year: 197

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 135

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 212

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up
183

Tesco

Last year: 122

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
184

Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

Last year: 150

Career sectors: Engineering, Logistics, transport and supply chain

down

Last year: 214

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
186

BAM Construct UK Ltd

Last year: 166

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

down
187

British Sugar

Last year: 210

Career sectors: Engineering, Management and business, Science and research

up
188

Jones Day

Last year: 208

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 187

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 161

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
191

Reckitt Benckiser

Last year: 203

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 191

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
193

Caterpillar

Last year: 175

Career sectors: Engineering

down
194

Lloyd's Register

Last year: 157

Career sectors: Engineering

down
195

AkzoNobel

Last year: 193

Career sectors: Engineering

down
196

Johnson Matthey Plc

Last year: 257

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 201

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
198

Thales

Last year: 159

Career sectors: Engineering

down
199

Aviva

Last year: 221

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
200

Co-operative Group Ltd

Last year: 199

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
201

Anglian Water

Last year: 194

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 247

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
203

Dentons

Last year: 219

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
204

Nomura

Last year: 245

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up

Last year: 204

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 290

Career sectors: Engineering

up
207

Sellafield

Last year: 177

Career sectors: Science and research

down
208

Centrica (British Gas)

Last year: 243

Career sectors: Engineering

up
209

CH2M

Last year: 171

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering

down
210

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Last year: 225

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
211

ABB

Last year: 179

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
212

Carillion plc

Last year: 198

Career sectors: Construction and building services, Engineering, Quantity surveying and building surveying

down
213

Kennedys

Last year: 236

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
214

United Utilities Plc

Last year: 237

Career sectors: Engineering

up
215

Aon

Last year: 215

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

same
216

BDO

Last year: 190

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance, Management and business

down
217

DHL

Last year: 207

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

down

Last year: 246

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 240

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
220

ScottishPower

Last year: 209

Career sectors: Engineering

down
221

Tata Steel

Last year: 185

Career sectors: Engineering

down
222

Veolia

Last year: 249

Career sectors: Engineering

up
223

Fujitsu

Last year: 248

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
224

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Last year: 200

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
225

RPC

Last year: 211

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
226

Standard Life

Last year: 229

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment

up

Last year: 295

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 218

Career sectors: Engineering

down
229

Brodies LLP

Last year: 252

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
230

Air Products

Last year: 287

Career sectors: Engineering

up
231

JCB

Last year: 241

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up
232

Fuller's

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

Last year: 276

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 296

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
235

Celesio

Last year: 264

Career sectors: Healthcare

up
236

Digby Brown

Last year: 263

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
237

npower

Last year: 195

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 279

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up
239

ConocoPhillips

Last year: 202

Career sectors: Engineering

down
240

Freeths LLP

Last year: 299

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
241

Buro Happold

Last year: 222

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 260

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 268

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
244

Wood Group Plc

Last year: 282

Career sectors: Engineering

up
245

Dell

Last year: 182

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 169

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down

Last year: 269

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
248

Petrofac

Last year: 273

Career sectors: Engineering

up
249

AXA UK

Last year: 231

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down
250

Cummins Ltd

Last year: 188

Career sectors: Engineering

down
251

King

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

252

Phillips 66

Last year: 228

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain, Management and business, Marketing, advertising and PR

down
253

Société Générale

Last year: 278

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up
254

Atos

Last year: 286

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
255

DAC Beachcroft

Career sectors: Law solicitors

256

Ince & Co

Last year: 242

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
257

Farrer & Co

Last year: 280

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
258

FDM Group

Career sectors: IT and technology

259

3M UK plc

Career sectors: Engineering

260

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

Last year: 226

Career sectors: Management and business, Retail, buying and merchandising

down
262

Symantec UK Ltd

Career sectors: IT and technology

263

Yahoo! UK & Ireland

Last year: 270

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
264

Morgan Sindall

Last year: 267

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up

Career sectors: Law solicitors

266

Alstom Ltd

Last year: 205

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

down

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering

268

Kimberly-Clark

Last year: 251

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
269

Premier Solicitors

Last year: 233

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
270

Watson, Farley & Williams LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

271

CGG

Last year: 244

Career sectors: Engineering, Science and research

down
272

Forsters LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

273

Qualcomm

Career sectors: IT and technology

Career sectors: Law solicitors

Career sectors: Law solicitors

276

Amey

Last year: 223

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services

down
277

BLM

Career sectors: Law solicitors

278

First Group

Last year: 271

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

down
279

The NET-A-PORTER Group

Last year: 266

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
280

RSM

Last year: 137

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance

down
281

Amec Foster Wheeler

Last year: 196

Career sectors: Engineering

down
282

BG Group

Last year: 230

Career sectors: Engineering

down
283

Bristows

Last year: 238

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 255

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 234

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 253

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Retail, buying and merchandising

down

Last year: 232

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
288

SAP

Last year: 258

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
289

Bechtel

Last year: 262

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Engineering

down
290

Bevan Brittan LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

291

Ericsson

Career sectors: IT and technology

Career sectors: Law solicitors

293

Mercer

Last year: 274

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

295

Shakespeare Martinaeu

Last year: 239

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
296

CGI

Last year: 281

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
297

INEOS

Last year: 284

Career sectors: Engineering

down
298

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Last year: 277

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
299

Squire Patton Boggs

Career sectors: Law solicitors

Career sectors: Law solicitors

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