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The Guardian UK 300: top retail 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 retail are listed in the table below. The top two employers have swapped places from last year, with Amazon now in first place, and the John Lewis Partnership now in second. The Arcadia Group and Marks & Spencer have remained the same in third and fourth place, and Lidl has entered the top ten in eighth place.

Students interested in retail...

  • expected to earn a modest income of around £22,000
  • mostly studied business/management, creative arts and design, or English
  • had related work experience in just over half of cases, at 51%.*

*Statistics are rounded.

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

Employer Rank
1 Amazon 2 up
2 John Lewis Partnership 2 down
3 Arcadia Group (Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins) 3 same
4 Marks & Spencer 4 same
5 Aldi 6 up
6 Abercrombie & Fitch 5 down
7 Boots 7 same
8 Lidl 13 up
9 Tesco 8 down
10 Asda 10 same