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UK 300: top charity and not-for-profit employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The 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 the charity and not-for-profit sectors.

The top graduate employers in the charity and not-for-profit sector are listed in the table below. Although Amnesty International remains the most popular charity, there are three new entrants into the top ten this year: Mind, the NSPCC and Macmillan.

The students and graduates surveyed who were interested in careers with charities and in the not-for-profit sector:

  • were considerably more likely to have undertaken volunteering/charity work than the average student (76% compared to an average of 55% across all sectors) and they were also slightly more likely to have taken on a leadership role in a student society (28% compared to 25%).
  • valued ‘diversity/equal opportunities’ and ‘corporate social responsibility’ more highly than other students when choosing between employers (65% and 45% of students respectively ranked these as ‘very important’ factors, the highest percentages across all sectors to do so).
  • were much more likely than the average student to look for their first job abroad: 18% compared to an average of 11%.

Percentages have been rounded.

Over 74,700 students and graduates took part in the Trendence UK Graduate Survey, which formed the basis of the results in the UK 300.

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

View the full UK 300 list of top employers


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