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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.

Employer Rank
1 Cancer Research UK 2 up
2 GlaxoSmithKline 1 down
3 AstraZeneca 3 same
4 Pfizer 4 same
5 Johnson & Johnson 5 same
6 STFC (The Science and Technology Facilities Council) 7 up
7 Roche 9 up
8 Bayer 6 down
9 Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) 10 up
10 Merck 11 up