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The Guardian UK 300: top consumer goods (manufacturing and marketing) employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian UK 300 is the largest and most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers and employers. 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 media and advertising.

The top graduate employers for consumer goods are listed in the table below. L’Oréal remains the top employer and adidas Group has taken second place, pushing Unilever to third. While Mars has dropped two places to ninth, Diageo has moved up a place to eighth place.

Students interested in consumer goods:

  • expected to earn an average of £25,539 per year
  • often had related work experience (55%) and unrelated work experience (73%)
  • used LinkedIn for careers more than any other social media.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

In 2016, over 52,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Barometer.

Employer Rank
1 L'Oréal 1 same
2 adidas Group 3 down
3 Unilever 2 down
4 Procter & Gamble (P&G) 5 up
5 Nestlé 6 up
6 GlaxoSmithKline 4 down
7 Mondelez International (Kraft, Cadbury etc) 8 up
8 Diageo 9 up
9 Mars 7 down
10 McDonald's Restaurants 10 same

View related sector lists: The Guardian UK 300: top media and advertising employers