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The Guardian UK 300: top hospitality, leisure and tourism employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian 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 hospitality, leisure and tourism.

The top graduate employers for hospitality, leisure and tourism careers are listed in the table below. Hilton, Marriott International and Thomas Cook retain their places as the three most popular employers, but there are some changes in position lower down in the table and Merlin Entertainments is a new entrant.

Students interested in hospitality, leisure and tourism careers…

  • particularly valued a good leadership style when choosing an employer: 52% rated it as a ‘very important’ factor, compared to 43% on average
  • perhaps unsurprisingly were likely to want an international career: 19% planned to look for their first job abroad, compared to 13% on average, and 38% rated ‘international interactions/opportunities’ as ‘very important’ when choosing an employer, versus 30% on average
  • appeared to put a high value on a positive working environment: 50% rated having ‘friendly colleagues’ as a ‘very important’ factor when choosing an employer, and 57% rated ‘being appreciated at work’ as ‘very important’ (versus an average of 46% and 51% respectively).*

*Statistics have been rounded.

Over 73,500 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Survey, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300.

1

Hilton Worldwide

Last year: 1

Hospitality, leisure and travel

same
2

Marriott International

Last year: 2

Hospitality, leisure and travel

same
3

Thomas Cook

Last year: 3

Hospitality, leisure and travel

same
4

InterContinental Hotels Group

Last year: 7

Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
5

TUI Travel PLC

Last year: 8

Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
6

Camp America

Last year: 4

Hospitality, leisure and travel, Marketing, advertising and PR, Teaching and education

down
7

Merlin Entertainments plc

Hospitality, leisure and travel

8

Center Parcs

Last year: 5

Hospitality, leisure and travel

down
9

P&O

Last year: 6

Hospitality, leisure and travel

down
10

Fitness First

Last year: 10

Hospitality, leisure and travel

same
 
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