The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

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Now celebrating its twentieth edition, The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is the essential annual guide to Britain’s best-known and most sought-after graduate employers.

Published by High Fliers Research as a hard-backed book, the 2018-2019 edition has been compiled from on-campus research with over 19,000 new graduates who left university in the summer of 2018.

It provides full details of the graduate jobs on offer from the country’s leading employers in 2019, a sector-by-sector guide to the top graduate employers of the last 20 years, plus case studies of some of the country’s most successful graduates.

Since its launch in 1999, more than a million copies of the guide have been produced. The 20th edition is available now, free of charge from university careers services (while stocks last), or can be purchased for £19.99 from www.Top100GraduateEmployers.com.

Rank 2017 Employer Industry or Business Sector Graduate Jobs in 2018 Starting Salary
1 1 PwC Accounting & professional services 1,350 Competitive
2 2 Civil Service Fast Stream Public sector 1,500 £25,000-£28,000
3 3 Aldi Retail 100 £44,000
4 4 Teach First Public sector 1,750 Competitive
5 5 Google IT & telecommunications No fixed quota Competitive
6 6 Deloitte Accounting & professional services 1,000+ Competitive
7 7 NHS Public sector 500 £23,818
8 8 KPMG Accounting & professional services Around 1,200 Competitive
9 9 EY Accounting & professional services 800 Competitive
10 10 GSK Chemicals & pharmaceuticals 60+ Competitive
11 12 Unilever Consumer goods 40-50 £32,000
12 11 BBC Media 130 £20,800
13 14 J.P. Morgan  Investment banking & fund management 400+ Competitive
14 17 HSBC Banking & finance 600+ Competitive
15 13 Lidl  Retail  60 £36,540
16 15 Rolls-Royce  Engineering & industrial 300+ £28,500
17 18 Goldman Sachs Investment banking 450 Competitive
18 19 Barclays Banking & finance 500+ Competitive
19 20 Jaguar Land Rover Engineering & industrial 250-300 £29,000
20 16 Accenture Consulting 400+ Competitive
21 21 McKinsey & Company Consulting No fixed quota Competitive
22 23 BP Oil & energy 100+ £35,000+
23 38 Amazon Retail 250+ Competitive
24 29 Lloyds Banking Group  Banking & finance  250+ Competitive
25 25 IBM IT & telecommunications 150+ £30,000-£32,000
26 28 Frontline Public sector 452 Competitive
27 33 Arup Engineering & industrial 250+ £22,000-£26,500
28 35 Army Armed Forces 650+ Over £31,000
29 26 Shell Oil & energy 38+ Competitive
30 48 Sky  Media  100+ Competitive
31 34 RBS  Banking & finance 300 Competitive
32 33 P&G  Consumer goods 50 Competitive
33 22 John Lewis Partnership Retail To be confirmed Competitive
34 37 Newton Consulting 100 £45,000-£50,000
35 50 M&S Retail 200 Competitive
36 43 Clifford Chance Law 90+ £46,600
37 44 Tesco Retail 80+ £28,000-£32,000
38 30 Allen & Overy Law 80-90 £45,000
39 31 BAE Systems Engineering & industrial 350 £28,000-£30,000
40 46 Linklaters Law 100 £44,000
41 36 Mars Consumer goods 25-30 £30,000-£32,000
42 62 Think AheadApple Public sector 100-112 £17,000-£19,000
43 39 Morgan Stanley Investment banking & fund management 200+ Competitive
44 42 Apple Consumer goods No fixed quota Competitive
45 41 Atkins Engineering & industrial 400 £26,500
46 51 AstraZeneca Chemicals & pharmaceuticals 80+ £29,000+
47 40 Boston Consulting Group Consulting No fixed quota Competitive
48 47 Herbert Smith Freehills Law Up to 60 £44,000
49 32 Microsoft IT & telecommunications 40 Competitive
50 52 Dyson Consumer goods 75+ £26,500
51 54 Airbus Engineering & industrial 100+ £27,000
52 New ASOS Retail No fixed quota Competitive
53 77 Penguin Random House Media 200+ £23,000
54 70 Boots Retail 30-40 £26,000-£29,000
55 73 Facebook Technology Unknown Competitive
56 55 Santander Banking & finance 100 £30,000
57 60 Virgin Media Media 60+ £30,000+
58 64 DLA Piper Law 70-80 £45,000
59 76 Bloomberg Banking & finance 450 Competitive
60 49 Slaughter and May Law 80-85 £45,000
61 57 ExxonMobil Oil & energy 30+ £38,500+
62 45 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Law

Up to 80

£45,000
63 53 Cancer Research UK Charity 9 £25,000
64 61 WPP Media To be confirmed Competitive
65 58 Baker & McKenzie Law 30 £45,000
66 74 Bain & Company Consulting No fixed quota Competitive
67 81 Wellcome Charity 12 £26,000
68 98 McDonald’s Restaurants Retail 30 £22,000
69 59 Citi Investment banking & fund management Varies Competitive
70 67 BT IT & telecommunications 250+ £28,250+
71 78 Bank of England Public sector 80+ £30,000
72 NEW BlackRock Banking & finance 125+ Competitive
73 72 ngdp for Local Government Public sector 140 £25,295
74 85 Danone Consumer goods 15-20 £30,500
75 NEW TPP IT & telecommunications 50+ £45,000
76 87 Hogan Lovells Law 50 £45,000
77 NEW Johnson & Johnson Consumer goods 25-30 Competitive
78 63 Royal Navy Armed Forces No fixed quota £25,984
79 69 MI5 – The Security Service Consumer goods 300+ £30,000+
80 91 White & Case Law 50 £46,000
81 66 Network Rail Transport 170 £26,500
82 NEW British Airways Transport 50-100 £27,500-£32,000
83 88 RAF Armed Forces 500-600 £31,232
84 NEW Aon Banking & finance 75+ Competitive
85 24 L’Oréal Consumer goods 28 £30,000
86 86 Grant Thornton Accounting & professional services 400-450 Competitive
87 75 BMW Group Engineering & industrial 20-30 £31,000
88 82 Deutsche Bank Investment bank Unknown Competitive
89 99 CMS Law 65 £25,000-£43,000
90 NEW Police Now Public sector 350 £29,859
91 56 Siemens Engineering & industrial 70-80 Competitive
92 83 Savills Property 100 £23,000-£26,000
93 NEW Mondelez International Consumer goods Unknown Competitive
94 68 Nestlé Consumer goods 25 Competitive
95 97 Irwin Mitchell Law 50 £25,000-£36,000
96 71 Charityworks Charity 140 £18,000-£20,000
97 94 Lloyd’s Banking & finance 10 Competitive
98 NEW Pfizer Chemicals & pharmaceuticals No fixed quota Competitive
99 NEW Pinsent Masons Law 68 £23,000-£41,000
100 80 AECOM Engineering & industrial 350 £24,000-£27,000

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