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UK 300: top hospitality, leisure and tourism employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The UK 300 features the most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers, employers and their own job hunts; more than 71,000 students and graduates took part. 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 in hospitality, leisure and tourism are listed in the table below. Naturally, this sector has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and we are not sure what the employment landscape will look like in the months ahead. However, this list reveals that many students have ambitions to be hoteliers: hotel groups comprise half of the list and Radisson Hotels and Travelodge are new entrants, too.

Students interested in employers in this sector…

  • are more likely to use Instagram for careers purposes than students interested in any other sector in our survey, apart from retail
  • are more likely than average to have had a part-time job by their final year (73% of finalists had, compared to a 66% average) but are slightly less likely to have undertaken an internship (37% had, versus 39%)
  • probably want an international career: more students than average plan to look for their first job abroad (17% said so, versus an 11% average), 45% wanted to work for a large international employer (versus a 40% average) and 42% said that ‘international opportunities’ was a ‘very important’ factor when choosing an employer (versus a 36% average).

NB: Percentages have been rounded.

1

Hilton

Hospitality, leisure and travel

2

Marriott International

Last year: 1

Hospitality, leisure and travel

down
3

TUI UK

Last year: 4

Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
4

Radisson Hotel Group

Hospitality, leisure and travel

5

Camp America

Last year: 3

Hospitality, leisure and travel, Teaching and education

down
6

Center Parcs

Last year: 7

Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
7

InterContinental Hotels Group

Last year: 5

Hospitality, leisure and travel

down
8

Fitness First

Last year: 10

Hospitality, leisure and travel

up
8

Merlin Entertainments plc

Last year: 8

Hospitality, leisure and travel

same
9

Travelodge

Hospitality, leisure and travel

10

P&O

Last year: 9

Hospitality, leisure and travel

down
 
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