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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 takes the top position from Cancer Research, which falls to second place. Most of the science employers were in last year’s top ten, but nucleargraduates has climbed to take number ten.

Students interested in careers in scientific research and development…

  • tended to agree with the statement ‘My course provides me with the skills necessary for the labour market’, at 56% versus 13% who actively disagreed
  • were more likely to have work experience related to their course than not (63%)
  • were more likely to use Facebook than Twitter for careers related purposes (19% and 16% respectively), but were most likely to use LinkedIn (79%).*

*Statistics have been rounded.

Over 62,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Study 2017, which formed the basis of the results in The Guardian UK 300.

1

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 2

Consumer goods and FMCG, Science and research

up
2

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 1

Public service, charity and social work

down
3

AstraZeneca

Last year: 3

Science and research

same
4

Pfizer

Last year: 4

Science and research

same

Last year: 5

Consumer goods and FMCG, Engineering, Healthcare

same
6

STFC

Last year: 6

Science and research

same
7

Bayer

Last year: 8

Science and research

up
8

Merck

Last year: 10

Science and research

up
9

AWE

Last year: 10

Engineering, Science and research

up

Last year: 11

Civil and structural engineering, Engineering, Science and research

up
 
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