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The Guardian UK 300: top public sector 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 the public sector are listed in the table below. The top two employers remain the same as last year –the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and The Security Service (MI5). NHS Graduate Schemes has risen two places to third, while Teach First has remained in fourth place. The Metropolitan Police and GCHQ remain in the same position as last year, at ninth and tenth.

Students interested in the public sector…

  • expected to earn an average income of £23,249
  • mostly had no related work experience, at 56%
  • were mostly commonly studying politics, history/philosophy and languages, literature and classics.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

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

Employer Rank
1 MI6 - Secret Intelligence Service 1 same
2 MI5 - The Security Service 2 same
3 NHS Graduate Schemes 5 up
4 Teach First 4 same
5 Civil Service Fast Stream 3 down
6 Local Government - National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) 8 up
7 British Council 6 down
8 European Commission 7 down
9 Metropolitan Police 9 same
10 GCHQ 10 same