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The Guardian UK 300: top banking, insurance and financial services employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian UK 300 features the largest and most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers, employers and their own job hunts. 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. The Bank of England swapped positions with Barclays this year: it leapt from third to top the table while Barclays took the third slot. HSBC held its position as the second most popular employer.

Students interested in banking, insurance and financial services…

  • preferred to communicate with employers face to face, through on-campus careers workshops and stands at careers fairs (both at 54%)
  • were perhaps more driven by financial gain than students in other sectors, as a comparatively high 19% disagreed with the statement ‘I would accept a lower salary if I thought an employer was very suited to me’ (the average across all sectors was 11%)
  • were likely to feel worried about their future career, with only 16% disagreeing with the statement ‘I am worried about my future career’ and 17% expressing no opinion.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

Over 62,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Study 2017, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300 .

Last year: 3

Financial services and insurance

up
2

HSBC

Last year: 2

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 1

Financial services and insurance

down

Last year: 4

Public service, charity and social work

same

Last year: 5

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

same

Last year: 6

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

same

Last year: 7

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 8

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 11

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

up
10

Lloyd's

Last year: 9

Financial services and insurance

down
 

View related sector lists: Top accounting and financial management graduate employers and Top investment banking and investment graduate employers

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