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The Guardian UK 300: top energy and utilities 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 energy and utilities are listed in the table below. The top two employers – BP and Shell – remain the same as last year. SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) has dropped one place to tenth, and npower, Amec Foster Wheeler and ConocoPhillips were new entrants to the energy and utilities top ten this year.

Students interested in energy and utilities...

  • mostly studied engineering, natural sciences or geography and environmental science
  • expected to earn a fairly high salary of around £28,000
  • were more likely to value job fulfilment over a high salary compared to those interested in other sectors*

*Statistics are rounded.

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

Employer Rank
1 BP 1 same
2 Shell 2 same
3 ExxonMobil 4 up
4 E.ON 5 up
5 Sellafield 8 up
6 Yorkshire Water 6 same
7 npower 12 up
8 Amec Foster Wheeler - -
9 ConocoPhillips 18 up
10 SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) 9 down

View related sector lists: Top engineering, design and manufacturing graduate employers and Top construction, civil engineering and surveying graduate employers