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UK 300: top banking, insurance and financial services employers

The UK 300 features the most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers, employers and their own job hunts; more than 71,000 students and graduates took part. The survey determines not only the most popular 300 graduate employers in the UK overall, but also the most popular graduate employers in a range of career sectors, including banking, insurance and financial services.

The top graduate employers for banking, insurance and financial services are listed in the table below. There has been little movement since last year among the top employers featured, although there are two new entrants. In addition, it is interesting that organisations related to the public sector – HM Revenue & Customs, the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority – feature prominently.

Students interested in employers in this sector…

  • are more likely than students interested in any other sector, apart from those wanting to be solicitors, to feel that their career options are determined by their social background (46% in our survey did, 42% didn’t and the remainder had no opinion)
  • are likely to be at least partly motivated by money: 32% said they were most influenced by their earning potential when choosing a career (compared to an average of 24%) and 30% rated a ‘high starting salary’ as a ‘very important’ factor when choosing an employer (compared to a 27% average)
  • are more likely than average to have undertaken an internship by their final year (44% of finalists had, compared to an average across all sectors of 39%), but they are less likely to have done so than those interested in accountancy and investment banking (47% and 53% respectively).

NB: Percentages have been rounded.

1

Barclays

Last year: 1

Financial services and insurance

same
2

HSBC

Last year: 2

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 5

Financial services and insurance, IT and technology, Media, journalism and publishing

up

Last year: 4

Public service, charity and social work

same
5

Bank of England

Last year: 5

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 6

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

same

Last year: 7

Financial services and insurance

same
8

Santander

Last year: 9

Financial services and insurance

up

Accountancy and financial management, Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment

10

RBS

Financial services and insurance

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