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The Guardian UK 300: top retail 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 retail.

The top graduate employers for retail are listed in the table below. Amazon and the John Lewis Partnership have remained in the top two positions once again this year; TJX Europe (TK Maxx) and Next are new entrants to the top ten, reaching numbers nine and ten.

Students interested in retail careers…

  • mostly studied business/management (45%), creative arts and design (16%) or computer science/IT (6%)
  • preferred to engage with employers through stands at careers fairs (66%), and via them being guest lecturers (64%)
  • were perhaps more entrepreneurial than students interested in other sectors, with a higher than typical number agreeing with the statement ‘I am thinking about founding my own start-up company during or straight after my studies’ (30%).*

*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.

1

Amazon

Last year: 1

HR and recruitment, IT and technology, Retail, buying and merchandising

same

Last year: 2

Retail, buying and merchandising

same

Last year: 3

Retail, buying and merchandising

same

Last year: 4

Retail, buying and merchandising

same
5

Abercrombie & Fitch

Last year: 6

Retail, buying and merchandising

up
6

Aldi

Last year: 5

Retail, buying and merchandising

down
7

Boots

Last year: 7

Retail, buying and merchandising

same
8

Lidl

Last year: 8

Retail, buying and merchandising

same

Last year: 13

Retail, buying and merchandising

up

Last year: 12

Retail, buying and merchandising

up
 
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