Which UK Employers Offer the Most Promising Opportunities for Graduates?

United Kingdom Europe Higher Education News by Erudera News Mar 27, 2023

Graduates of King's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom - © Chris Boland  Unsplash

Although a great achievement, the transition from university to work can be quite stressful. Therefore, recent graduates need to find out which employers offer the best opportunities so they can launch their careers on the right foot.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), a total of 919,940 graduates earned their higher education qualifications in the United Kingdom during the 2021/22 academic year, including 390,585 postgraduates, 439,115 first-degrees, and 90,245 other undergraduate qualifications.

That was a 5.4 percent increase from the total number of graduates the prior year, specifically in 2020/21, when 872,765 people obtained qualifications in all academic levels, Erudera.com reports.

Responding to a survey named the UK Graduate Careers 2022, a group of more than 12,400 students in their final year of studies ranked companies and organizations offering the best opportunities for recent graduates. From more than 900 employers mentioned by students, The Times ranked the top 100 that received the most votes.

The Graduate Market in 2023, a report compiled by High Fliers Research in January this year includes these employers, and according to students, the 30 best graduate employers in the UK are:

  1. Accenture
  2. Airbus
  3. Aldi
  4. Allen & Overy
  5. Amazon
  6. American Express
  7. Aon
  8. Apple
  9. Arcadis
  10. Army
  11. Arup
  12. AstraZeneca
  13. Atkins
  14. BAE Systems
  15. Bain & Company
  16. Baker Mckenzie
  17. Bank of America
  18. Bank of England
  19. Barclays
  20. BBC
  21. BDO
  22. Blackrock
  23. Bloomberg
  24. BMW Group
  25. Boston Consulting Group
  26. BP
  27. BT
  28. Citi
  29. Civil Service
  30. Clifford Chance

Surveyed students also said that other employers that offer good career opportunities for graduates are Deutsche Bank, Google, Frontline, Hogan Lovells, Jane Street, Jaguar Land Rover, Jane Street, L’Oreal, Lidl, Local Government, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Newton, NHS, Pepsico, Pfizer, PwC, Sky, Think Ahead, Tiktok, Vodafone, White & Case and many more.

The prestigious University of Manchester is listed as the number one institution attracting the largest number of graduate employers in 2022/23, followed by the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham.

Other universities targeted by employers to find the best graduates include Bristol, Warwick, Leeds, University College London, Cambridge, and more.

The Graduate Market report further points out that employers recorded the highest-ever annual increase in graduate jobs last year, with the number of hired graduates increasing by 14.5 percent. Employers considered the best in the UK employed 3,500 more graduates than was previously projected for the beginning of 2021/22.

HESA figures show in the 2020/21 academic year; there were 448,435 first-degree graduates in the UK, an increase from 423,195 in 2019/20.

© Chris Boland | Unsplash

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