The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers is an annual guide published by High Fliers Research. It boasts of listing the UK’s most prestigious and sought-after graduate employers.
Now in its twentieth edition, the latest Top 100 employer rankings for 2019 have been compiled from interviews with over 19,000 graduates who left university last year. The graduates were asked: “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”.
So, who came out on top? Let’s find out…
|Rank||Employer||Graduate jobs in 2018||Starting Salary|
|2||Civil Service Fast Stream||1500||£25,000-£28,000|
|5||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|19||Jaguar Land Rover||250-300||£29,000|
|21||McKinsey & Company||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|24||Lloyds Banking Group||250+||Competitive|
|27||Arup||250+||£22,000 – £26,500|
|33||John Lewis Partnership||To be confirmed||Competitive|
|34||Newton||100||£45,000 – £50,000|
|37||Tesco||80+||£28,000 – £32,000|
|38||Allen & Overy||80-90||£45,000|
|39||BAE Systems||350||£28,000 – £32,000|
|42||Think AheadApple||100-112||£17,000 – £19,000|
|44||Apple||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|47||Boston Consulting Group||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|48||Herbert Smith Freehills||Up to 60||£44,000|
|52||ASOS||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|53||Penguin Random House||200+||£23,000|
|54||Boots||30-40||£26,000 – £29,000|
|60||Slaughter and May||80-85||£45,000|
|62||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer||Up to 80||£45,000|
|63||Cancer Research UK||9||£25,000|
|64||WPP||To be confirmed||Competitive|
|65||Baker & McKenzie||30||£45,000|
|66||Bain & Company||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|71||Bank of England||80+||£30,000|
|73||ngdp for Local Government||140||£25,295|
|77||Johnson & Johnson||25-30||Competitive|
|78||Royal Navy||No fixed quota||£25,984|
|79||MI5 – The Security Service||300+||£30,000+|
|80||White & Case||50||£46,000|
|82||British Airways||50-100||£27,500 – £32,000|
|89||CMS||65||£25,000 – £43,000|
|92||Savills||100||£23,000 – £26,000|
|95||Irwin Mitchell||50||£25,000 – £36,000|
|96||Charityworks||140||£18,000 – £20,000|
|98||Pfizer||No fixed quota||Competitive|
|99||Pinsent Masons||68||£23,000 – £41,000|
|100||AECOM||350||£24,000 – £27,000|
The employers that do make The Times’ renowned list are all large corporations that pump thousands of pounds into their employer branding. Why do students and graduates think they are the best? Because these companies have the budget to appear at every university careers fair and they pay to be seen in all the places graduates go.
We’re by no means saying that the opportunities they offer aren’t great. Aldi attracts grads with an impressive £44,000 starting salary and who can complain about that? However, is the list just a glorified popularity contest?
If you’re keen to work for a large corporation where you can learn and progress alongside fellow grads then this list may be a good place to start. A few points to bear in mind are:
If you know a large corporation definitely isn’t for you, or you simply aren’t that interested in the roles that the “top 100” have to offer, you still have more than enough choice! Start browsing on these popular job sites and working with graduate recruiters like us and you’ll find graduate opportunities with businesses of all sizes.
We also recommend registering your CV with CV-Library so that employers and recruiters can get in touch with you about relevant opportunities!
If you want to give your career the best possible start, it’s important to find the right role within the right company for you. There are thousands and thousands of graduate jobs out there; some are great and some are not so great…
Wherever you are looking, there are a few boxes that you should be aiming to tick: