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The Guardian UK 300: top scientific research and development 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 scientific research and development are listed in the table below. Cancer Research UK ̶ ranked second last year ̶ has moved into first place. Last year’s top employer, GlaxoSmithKline, has moved into second place. Roche has moved up from ninth to seventh, and Bayer has dropped two places to eighth.

Students interested in scientific research and development…

  • preferred engaging with recruiters via careers websites (74%) and employer websites (66%)
  • expected to earn an average annual salary of around £24,000
  • predominantly studied natural science (61%).*

*Statistics have been rounded.

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

1

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 2

Public service, charity and social work

up
1

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 2

Consumer goods and FMCG, Science and research

up

Last year: 3

Science and research

same
4

Pfizer

Last year: 4

Science and research

same

Last year: 5

What type of mark will you make? Career opportunities as limitless as the lives you’ll touch

Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

same
6

STFC

Last year: 7

STFC is a world leading multi-disciplinary science organsiation, ensuring the UK retains its leading place on the world stage.

Science and research

up
7

Roche

Last year: 9

Science and research

up
8

Bayer

Last year: 6

Science and research

down
9

AWE

Last year: 10

Science and research

up
10

Merck

Last year: 11

Science and research

up
 
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