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UK 300: top scientific research and development 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 scientific research and development.

The top graduate employers for scientific research and development are listed in the table below. Nine of the top ten employers remain in exactly the same positions as they filled last year, but Boots is a new entrant at number seven.

The students and graduates surveyed who were interested in careers in scientific research and development:

  • were likely to have attended university careers fairs: 75% had attended general fairs and 40% subject-specific fairs.
  • were less likely than average to have undertaken an internship: 43% of finalists had, compared to a 46% average.
  • put emphasis on career progression and training when comparing employers: 72% rated ‘good career prospects’ as a ‘very important’ factor and 66% rated ‘training and development’ similarly.

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.

1

Cancer Research UK

Public service, charity and social work

2

GSK

Last year: 1

Science and research

down
3

AstraZeneca

Last year: 2

HR and recruitment, IT and technology, Logistics, transport and supply chain, Science and research

down
4

Pfizer

Last year: 3

Science and research

down
5

Johnson & Johnson

Last year: 4

Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

down
6

STFC

Last year: 5

Science and research

down
7

Bayer

Last year: 6

Science and research

down
8

Roche

Last year: 8

Science and research

same
9

Boots

Last year: 7

Retail, buying and merchandising

down

Last year: 10

Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Chemical, Civil and structural, Electronic and electrical, Materials and metals, Mechanical, Science and research

same
 
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