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The Guardian UK 300: top public sector 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 the public sector.

The top graduate employers within the public sector are listed in the table below. Eight of the top ten employers retain the same positions as they did in last year’s survey, with MI6, MI5 and the NHS topping the table in that order. Teach First and the Civil Service Fast Stream have swapped places.

Students interested in careers in the public sector…

  • were most likely to be studying politics (14%) or psychology (11%), although the sector attracted interest from students of every subject with the exception of agriculture and veterinary science
  • were more likely to have gained work experience in politics (22%) than students who were interested in other sectors, with the exception of those interested in becoming barristers (35%)
  • were most likely to use the social media channels LinkedIn (74 per cent) and Google+ (27 per cent) for careers-related purposes than other channels.*

*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.

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

View the full UK 300 list of top employers