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The Guardian UK 300: top charity and not-for-profit 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 charity.

The top graduate employers in the charity and not-for-profit sector are listed in the table below. This year, Amnesty International and Oxfam retained their positions as first and second respectively, while the WWF jumped three places to third. The NSPCC was a new entrant to the top ten list this year.

Students interested in charity and not-for-profit careers…

  • were likely to be studying business/management (14%), history/philosophy (12%), English or natural science (both 10%)
  • expected a lower income than students interested in other sectors: £20,975 – according to research completed by GTI, is about right for formal graduate schemes, although ad hoc jobs are likely to pay less
  • overwhelmingly agreed with the statement ‘It is more important to be fulfilled than to earn lots of money’ (92%)*.

*Statistics have been rounded.

62,814 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Study 2017, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300 .

Employer Rank
1 Amnesty International 1 same
2 Oxfam 2 same
3 WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) 6 up
4 British Red Cross 7 up
5 Save the Children 4 down
6 Cancer Research UK 5 down
7 Mind 3 down
8 WaterAid 8 same
9 National Trust 9 same
10 NSPCC - -

View the full UK 300 list of top employers


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