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The Guardian UK 300: top engineering, design and manufacturing 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 engineering design and manufacturing are listed in the table below. The top four employers remain the same as last year: Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover and BAE Systems. Transport for London rises into the top ten in sixth place, and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains has dropped one place to eighth.

Students interested in engineering design and manufacturing…

  • preferred engaging with recruiters via careers websites (68%) and employer websites (63%), but 55% used online job adverts and 54% used their university careers centre
  • often engaged in social/political extracurricular activities (71%)
  • had mainly unrelated work experience (69%), while only 48% had related work experience*

*Statistics have been rounded.

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

Employer Rank
1 Rolls-Royce (Civil & Defense Aerospace, Marine, Energy) 1 same
2 Airbus 2 same
3 Jaguar Land Rover 3 same
4 BAE Systems 4 same
5 BMW Group (BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars) 6 up
6 Transport for London 12 up
7 Atkins 8 up
8 Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains 7 down
9 Siemens 10 up
10 Network Rail 11 up

View related sector lists: Top construction, civil engineering and surveying graduate employers and Top energy and utilities graduate employers