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The Guardian UK 300: the most popular graduate employers for 2018/19

The Guardian UK 300 reveals the top 300 graduate employers, as voted for by students, and you can see the full list below.

We asked trendence UK, a partner of TARGETjobs’ parent company GTI, to conduct a survey of university students’ attitudes towards employers and 73,517 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 but also the top employers in 19 different career sectors.

How we compiled the survey that reveals the top 300 employers of graduates

Our survey, the trendence Graduate Survey 2018, accepted responses from 15 September 2017 to 15 January 2018; 73,517 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, 63% of respondents identified as female and 37% as male. In terms of their year groups, 45% were in their final year, 21% in their penultimate year and 34% 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

MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

Last year: 4

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
4

Amazon

Last year: 8

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
5

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 3

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Science and research

down
6

Channel 4

Last year: 5

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

down
7

NHS

Last year: 14

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up

Last year: 10

Career sectors: Engineering

up
9

MI5 – The Security Service

Last year: 9

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

same
10

British Airways

Last year: 6

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel, Logistics, transport and supply chain

down

Last year: 11

Career sectors: Engineering

same

Last year: 12

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

same
13

Microsoft

Last year: 7

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
14

PwC

Last year: 13

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

down
15

Civil Service Fast Stream

Last year: 16

Career sectors: Engineering, Public service, charity and social work, Science and research

up

Last year: 19

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Management consulting

up
17

adidas Group

Last year: 21

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 15

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
19

Penguin Random House

Last year: 18

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

down

Last year: 17

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work, Teaching and education

down
21

Airbus

Last year: 25

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 20

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down

Last year: 23

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

same
24

KPMG

Last year: 22

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, IT and technology, Management consulting

down
25

ngdp

Last year: 26

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
26

John Lewis Partnership

Last year: 28

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
27

AstraZeneca

Last year: 24

Career sectors: Science and research

down
28

British Council

Last year: 29

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
29

EY

Last year: 34

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, IT and technology

up

Last year: 32

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 33

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 36

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
33

Apple

Last year: 31

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
34

HM Revenue and Customs

Last year: 43

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
35

Sky

Last year: 30

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

down
36

IBM

Last year: 27

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

down
37

The Army

Last year: 41

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
38

Pfizer

Last year: 35

Career sectors: Science and research

down
39

GCHQ

Last year: 56

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up
40

HSBC

Last year: 40

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

same
41

Hilton Worldwide

Last year: 52

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel

up

Last year: 51

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
43

Arup

Last year: 62

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

up
44

European Commission

Last year: 37

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down

Last year: 39

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down

Last year: 55

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up

Last year: 53

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 59

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

up

Last year: 49

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

same
50

Samsung

Last year: 42

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down

Last year: 61

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up
52

BP

Last year: 38

Career sectors: Engineering

down
53

Oxfam

Last year: 50

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
54

AECOM

Last year: 78

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

up
55

Shell

Last year: 44

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 45

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

down
57

Aldi

Last year: 72

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
58

Royal Air Force Engineering

Last year: 58

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

same
59

Aston Martin

Last year: 47

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 67

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

up
61

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

Last year: 65

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 63

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance, Insurance, Retail banking, Investment banking and investment, Risk management & control

up
63

McLaren

Last year: 54

Career sectors: Engineering

down
64

McKinsey & Company

Last year: 57

Career sectors: Management consulting

down

Last year: 46

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

down

Last year: 85

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up

Last year: 48

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
68

Merlin Entertainments plc

Last year: 76

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
69

The Boston Consulting Group

Last year: 64

Career sectors: Management consulting

down

Last year: 87

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Corporate finance, Internal audit, Investment banking and investment, Corporate banking, Investment banking, Investment management, Markets, Operations, Private wealth management, Risk management & control, Structured finance, IT and technology

up

Last year: 84

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Electronic and electrical, Mechanical, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up
72

STFC

Last year: 79

Career sectors: Science and research

up

Last year: 73

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

same

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

75

Rockstar Games

Last year: 60

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
76

Boots

Last year: 83

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
77

Mondelez International

Last year: 89

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
78

Dyson

Last year: 81

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, IT and technology

up

Last year: 82

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
80

Royal Navy

Last year: 68

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
81

Siemens

Last year: 77

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 66

Career sectors: Law solicitors, Banking, Capital markets, Corporate, Insolvency, Private equity, Real estate, Tax

down
83

Mars

Last year: 71

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
84

Facebook

Last year: 74

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 101

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

up
86

Abercrombie & Fitch

Last year: 69

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down

Last year: 90

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 100

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

up
89

BT

Last year: 88

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

down

Last year: 104

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
91

Ubisoft

Last year: 93

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
92

Intel

Last year: 75

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 86

Career sectors: Law solicitors, Banking, Capital markets, Commercial, Construction, Corporate, Criminal, Dispute resolution, Employment, Environmental, European & competition, Family, Human rights, Insolvency, Insurance, Intellectual property, IT & communications, Personal injury, Private client, Private equity, Real estate, Tax

down
94

Bayer

Last year: 95

Career sectors: Science and research

up
95

GE

Last year: 92

Career sectors: Engineering

down
96

Transport for London

Last year: 91

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 80

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 103

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

up
99

Bain & Company

Last year: 98

Career sectors: Management consulting

down
100

Santander

Last year: 107

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 110

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up
102

National Grid

Last year: 106

Career sectors: Engineering

up
103

Lidl

Last year: 113

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up

Last year: 132

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up

Last year: 94

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 99

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG, Sales

down
107

Sony Music

Last year: 112

Career sectors: IT and technology

up

Last year: 119

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

up
109

Cisco Systems

Last year: 96

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
110

Lloyd's

Last year: 133

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 122

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, IT and technology

up
112

AWE

Last year: 114

Career sectors: Engineering, Science and research

up

Last year: 111

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down
114

Jacobs

Last year: 127

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

up
115

Citi

Last year: 97

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down

Last year: 143

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

up

Last year: 162

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management

up
118

BDO

Last year: 216

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

up
119

RBS

Last year: 136

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 124

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
121

Mace

Last year: 169

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services, Engineering, Chemical, Mechanical, Risk management & control, Real estate, Management consulting, Quantity surveying and building surveying

up

Last year: 108

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
123

Telefonica UK ( O2 )

Last year: 128

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
124

Allianz

Last year: 141

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 148

Career sectors: Accountancy and financial management, Public service, charity and social work

up
126

BAM Construct UK Ltd

Last year: 186

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

up

Last year: 109

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 139

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

up

Last year: 146

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

up

Last year: 105

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
131

Roche

Last year: 116

Career sectors: Science and research

down
132

ARM Ltd

Last year: 102

Career sectors: Engineering, IT and technology

down

Last year: 125

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 121

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

down

Last year: 166

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up
136

Tesco

Last year: 183

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
137

DSTL

Last year: 120

Career sectors: Engineering, Aerospace, Chemical, Electronic and electrical, Materials and metals, Mechanical, IT and technology, Science and research

down
138

Merck

Last year: 115

Career sectors: Science and research

down
139

WPP

Last year: 172

Career sectors: Marketing, advertising and PR

up

Last year: 130

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
141

Next plc

Last year: 129

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
142

Capgemini

Last year: 168

Career sectors: IT and technology, Management consulting

up

Last year: 126

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Chemical, Civil and structural, Electronic and electrical, Materials and metals, Mechanical, Science and research

down
144

Sainsbury's

Last year: 175

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
145

Yorkshire Water

Last year: 140

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 142

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
147

Eversheds

Last year: 117

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 131

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

down

Last year: 167

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

up
150

CH2M

Last year: 209

Career sectors: Civil and structural engineering

up
151

Zurich

Last year: 173

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 153

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 144

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

down
154

Ford

Last year: 157

Career sectors: Engineering, HR and recruitment

up

Last year: 161

Career sectors: Law solicitors, Commercial, Corporate, Dispute resolution, Private equity, Real estate

up

Last year: 151

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
157

Ministry of Defence

Last year: 118

Career sectors: Public service, charity and social work

down
158

Aviva

Last year: 199

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, Insurance

up

Last year: 177

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up
160

Bosch

Last year: 145

Career sectors: Engineering

down
161

E.ON

Last year: 137

Career sectors: Engineering

down
162

HP

Last year: 123

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 190

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
164

Aon

Last year: 215

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
165

Danone

Last year: 138

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
166

Thales

Last year: 198

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 147

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
168

Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

Last year: 184

Career sectors: Engineering, Logistics, transport and supply chain

up

Last year: 155

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 158

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
171

Abbott UK

Last year: 160

Career sectors: Healthcare

down

Last year: 217

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

up
173

UBS

Last year: 164

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

down
174

Everything Everywhere

Last year: 170

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 135

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
176

Blake Morgan LLP

Last year: 174

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
177

Asda

Last year: 149

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

down
178

QinetiQ

Last year: 159

Career sectors: Engineering

down
179

Anglian Water

Last year: 201

Career sectors: Engineering

up
180

Jagex

Last year: 152

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Last year: 206

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 134

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 150

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
184

Lloyd's Register

Last year: 194

Career sectors: Engineering

up
185

DWF LLP

Last year: 156

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
186

Sellafield

Last year: 207

Career sectors: Science and research

up
187

ScottishPower

Last year: 220

Career sectors: Engineering

up
188

AkzoNobel

Last year: 195

Career sectors: Engineering

up
189

Anthony Gold Solicitors

Last year: 180

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
190

Nomura

Last year: 204

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up
191

Skanska UK

Last year: 182

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

down
192

Co-operative Group Ltd

Last year: 200

Career sectors: Retail, buying and merchandising

up
193

SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy)

Last year: 176

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 193

Career sectors: Engineering

down
195

ABB

Last year: 211

Career sectors: IT and technology

up

Last year: 171

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

down
197

Tata Steel

Last year: 221

Career sectors: Engineering

up
198

BASF

Last year: 165

Career sectors: Science and research

down

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

Last year: 261

Career sectors: Hospitality, leisure and travel, Management and business, Retail, buying and merchandising

up
201

Standard Life

Last year: 226

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

up
202

Dentons

Last year: 203

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
203

Honda

Last year: 163

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 287

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain, Retail, buying and merchandising

up
205

Kennedys

Last year: 213

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
206

CMS

Last year: 154

Career sectors: Law solicitors, Commercial

down
207

Dell

Last year: 245

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
208

npower

Last year: 237

Career sectors: Engineering

up
209

AXA UK

Last year: 249

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up

Last year: 253

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

up
211

Gowling WLG

Last year: 292

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
212

JCB

Last year: 231

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up

Last year: 192

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
214

British Sugar

Last year: 187

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

down

Last year: 189

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 185

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 214

Career sectors: Engineering

down
218

Buro Happold

Last year: 241

Career sectors: Engineering

up
219

Cummins Ltd

Last year: 250

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 205

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 234

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Career sectors: Law solicitors

223

RSM

Last year: 280

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

up
224

Amec Foster Wheeler

Last year: 281

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 246

Career sectors: Investment banking and investment

up
226

Mishcon de Reya

Last year: 197

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 219

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
228

Wood Group Plc

Last year: 244

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Last year: 196

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 228

Career sectors: Engineering

down
231

Total UK

Last year: 179

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Last year: 252

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

up
233

Jones Day

Last year: 188

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
234

Amey

Last year: 276

Career sectors: Construction and building services, Engineering

up
235

Brodies LLP

Last year: 229

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
236

BLM

Last year: 277

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 202

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
238

Morgan Sindall

Last year: 264

Career sectors: Construction and building services

up

Last year: 218

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
240

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

Last year: 224

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
241

Squire Patton Boggs

Last year: 299

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
242

Alstom Ltd

Last year: 266

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

up

Last year: 286

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up

Last year: 240

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
245

DESG

Career sectors: Engineering

246

Centrica (British Gas)

Last year: 208

Career sectors: Engineering

down
247

Veolia

Last year: 222

Career sectors: Engineering

down
248

Mercer

Last year: 293

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance

up
249

DAC Beachcroft

Last year: 255

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up

Last year: 181

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
251

Air Products

Last year: 230

Career sectors: Engineering, Aerospace, Chemical, Manufacturing, Materials and metals

down
252

Carillion plc

Last year: 212

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

down
253

SAP

Last year: 288

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
254

Qualcomm

Last year: 273

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
255

Fuller's

Last year: 232

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
256

Sir Robert McAlpine

Last year: 238

Career sectors: Construction and building services

down

Last year: 227

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
258

Interserve Plc

Last year: 267

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

up
259

Kimberly-Clark

Last year: 268

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

up
260

CGI

Last year: 296

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
261

Hill Dickinson LLP

Last year: 242

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
262

Shakespeare Martinaeu

Last year: 295

Career sectors: Law solicitors

up
263

Petrofac

Last year: 248

Career sectors: Engineering

down
264

Vodafone

Career sectors: IT and technology

265

ConocoPhillips

Last year: 239

Career sectors: Engineering

down

Career sectors: Law solicitors

267

INEOS

Last year: 297

Career sectors: Engineering

up
268

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

Last year: 279

Career sectors: IT and technology

up
269

BG Group

Last year: 282

Career sectors: Engineering

up
270

eBay Inc.

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

271

Reckitt Benckiser

Last year: 191

Career sectors: Consumer goods and FMCG

down
272

RPC

Last year: 225

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
273

Expedia.com Ltd

Last year: 285

Career sectors: IT and technology

up

Career sectors: Law solicitors

Last year: 278

Career sectors: Logistics, transport and supply chain

up
276

Digby Brown

Last year: 236

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
277

Premier Solicitors

Last year: 269

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
278

King

Last year: 251

Career sectors: Media, journalism and publishing

down

Last year: 265

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Last year: 284

Career sectors: Engineering

up

Career sectors: IT and technology, Science and research

282

Fujitsu

Last year: 223

Career sectors: IT and technology

down

Career sectors: Law solicitors

284

Weightmans

Career sectors: Law solicitors

285

Capsticks

Career sectors: Law solicitors

286

Farrer & Co

Last year: 257

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down

Career sectors: Financial services and insurance, IT and technology

288

Fieldfisher

Last year: 233

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
289

FDM Group

Last year: 258

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
290

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

291

Atos

Last year: 254

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
292

TLT LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

293

Ince & Co

Last year: 256

Career sectors: Law solicitors, Banking, Commercial, Construction, Corporate, Dispute resolution, Employment, Energy, transport & infrastructure, European & competition, Insolvency, Insurance, Real estate, Regulatory, Shipping

down
294

Charles Russell Speechlys

Career sectors: Law solicitors

295

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Last year: 210

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
296

Bristows

Last year: 283

Career sectors: Law solicitors

down
297

Imagination Technologies

Last year: 247

Career sectors: IT and technology

down
298

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

Career sectors: Law solicitors

299

Gateley Plc

Career sectors: Law solicitors

Last year: 274

Career sectors: Law solicitors

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