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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. While MI6 keeps hold of the top position, elsewhere there are considerable differences. The NHS, for example, falls from second place to ninth, while the European Commission climbs three places. HM Revenue & Customs also sneaks into the top ten as a new entrant.

The students and graduates surveyed who were interested in careers in the public sector:

  • were less likely than average to have undertaken an internship (28% of all students interested in public sector employers had, versus a 34% average), but more likely to have undertaken voluntary/charity work (61% versus a 55% average).
  • were very slightly less interested in the starting salary and more in work/life balance than average when choosing between employers: 23% rated a ‘high starting salary’ as ‘very important’ (2% lower than average) and 60% rated a ‘good work/life balance’ similarly (2% more than average).
  • were less likely than average to have attended an employer networking event (18% versus a 22% average), but more likely than average to want to (41% would like to engage with employers via networking evenings, compared to a 39% average).

Percentages have been rounded.

Over 74,700 students and graduates took part in the Trendence UK Graduate Survey, which formed the basis of the results in the UK 300.

Employer Rank
1 MI6 - Secret Intelligence Service 1 same
2 MI5 - The Security Service 3 up
3 Civil Service Fast Steam 4 up
4 GCHQ 9 up
5 British Council 7 up
6 Teach First 5 down
7 European Commission 10 up
8 Local Government - National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) 6 down
9 NHS Leadership Academy 2 down
10 HM Revenue & Customs -  

View the full UK 300 list of top employers