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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 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. GSK retains the top position for another year, while AstraZeneca climbs one place to take the number two slot. Most of the science employers were in last year’s top ten, but Roche is a new entrant at number eight.

Students interested in careers in scientific research and development…

  • would probably look into a company’s track record on innovation when choosing employers: 83% rated it as an ‘important’ or ‘very important’ factor
  • may be less interested in having an international career than the average student: only 19% of students interested in the sector particularly wanted to work for a large international company (as opposed to 25% on average) and just 26% of students rated ‘international interactions/opportunities’ as a ‘very important’ factor when choosing an employer (as opposed to 30% on average)
  • put a high value on career prospects at an employer when choosing between employers: 70% rated ‘good career prospects’ as ‘very important’ compared to 66% on average.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

Over 73,500 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Survey, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300.

1

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 1

Consumer goods and FMCG, Science and research

same
2

AstraZeneca

Last year: 3

Science and research

up
3

Pfizer

Last year: 4

Science and research

up

Last year: 5

Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

up
5

STFC

Last year: 6

Science and research

up
6

Bayer

Last year: 7

Science and research

up
7

AWE

Last year: 9

Engineering, Science and research

up
8

Roche

Science and research

9

Merck

Last year: 8

Science and research

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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