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The Guardian UK 300: top investment banking and investment 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 investment banking.

The top graduate employers for investment banking and investment are listed in the table below. There are no new entrants in the top ten. Six of the employers have kept the same positions as last year (including J. P. Morgan in the top spot). Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and Deutsche Bank swapped places, as did Citi and Credit Suisse.

Students interested in investment banking and investment careers…

  • were most likely to be studying business/management (including accounting or finance), economics or maths
  • arguably were more prepared to accept a demanding job than students in most other sectors: 40% of students said that they were not averse to a high-pressure career that involved lots of stress, compared to a 31% average across all sectors
  • appeared to value money over an employer’s reputation, as 42% actively agreed with the statement ‘If the salary was right, I would work for a company with a bad image’, the highest proportion of students out of all sectors.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

Over 62,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Study 2017, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300 .

Last year: 1

Investment banking and investment

same

Last year: 2

Investment banking and investment

same

Last year: 3

Financial services and insurance

same

Last year: 4

Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

same

Last year: 6

Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

up

Last year: 5

Accountancy and financial management, Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

down

Last year: 7

Financial services and insurance, Investment banking and investment, IT and technology

same
8

Citi

Last year: 9

Investment banking and investment

up

Last year: 8

Investment banking and investment

down
10

UBS

Last year: 10

Investment banking and investment

same
 

View related sector lists: Top accounting and financial management graduate employers and Top banking, insurance and financial services graduate employers

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