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UK 300: top consumer goods (manufacturing and marketing) 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 consumer goods.

The top graduate employers for manufacturing and marketing careers within the consumer goods sector are listed in the table below. At the top of the table, Unilever and adidas Group swap places, while L’Oréal and P&G hold on to their third and fourth positions and are joined by new entrant Johnson & Johnson at number five.

The students and graduates surveyed who were interested in manufacturing and marketing careers in the consumer goods sector:

  • were more likely than the average student to have completed an internship by their final year: 54% of final-year students had compared to an average of 46%.
  • would probably have met employer representatives at careers fairs: 63% actively wanted to engage with employers via stands at careers fairs and 76% had actually attended a university careers fair, with 35% having attended a subject-specific fair.
  • were slightly more likely than average to judge an employer based on its products and position in the market: 72% rated ‘attractive products/services’ as an ‘important’ or ‘very important’ factor when choosing employers (versus a 68% average across all sectors) and 81% ranked an ‘employer’s success in the market’ similarly (versus a 78% average).

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.

Last year: 2

Consumer goods and FMCG


adidas Group

Last year: 1

Consumer goods and FMCG


Last year: 3

Consumer goods and FMCG


Last year: 4

Consumer goods and FMCG


Johnson & Johnson

Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

Last year: 5

Consumer goods and FMCG



Last year: 7

Consumer goods and FMCG


Nestlé UK & Ireland

Last year: 6

Consumer goods and FMCG



Last year: 8

Science and research


Last year: 9

Consumer goods and FMCG, Sales


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