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UK 300: top public sector employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The 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 the public sector.

The top graduate employers within the public sector are listed in the table below. Six of the top ten employers retain the same positions as they did in last year’s survey, with MI6 retaining the top position. Notably, the European Commission falls from eighth to tenth and the Army enters the top ten for the first time.

Students interested in careers in the public sector…

  • were most likely to be studying psychology (at 11%) or politics (at 10%), but otherwise came from a wide range of degree backgrounds
  • were less likely than average to consider a high starting salary ‘very important’ when choosing an employer: just 18% of students said it was, versus a 22% average, and 6% said it was ‘unimportant’, versus 5% on average
  • were slightly less likely than average to use LinkedIn (71% versus 75%) but were slightly more likely to use Twitter for careers purposes (21% versus 19%).*

*Statistics have been rounded.

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

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

View the full UK 300 list of top employers