REVEALED: The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2019

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…

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2019

Rank  Employer Graduate jobs in 2018 Starting Salary
1 PwC 1350 Competitive
2 Civil Service Fast Stream 1500 £25,000-£28,000
3 Aldi 100 £44,000
4 Teach First 1750 Competitive
5 Google No fixed quota Competitive
6 Deloitte 1000+ Competitive
7 NHS 500 £23,818
8 KPMG Around 1,200 Competitive
9 EY 800 Competitive
10 GSK 60+ Competitive
11 Unilever 40-50 £32,000
12 BBC 130 £20,800
13 J.P. Morgan 400+ Competitive
14 HSBC 600+ Competitive
15 Lidl 60 £36,540
16 Rolls-Royce 300+ £28,500
17 Goldman Sachs 450 Competitive
18 Barclays 500+ Competitive
19 Jaguar Land Rover 250-300 £29,000
20 Accenture 400+ Competitive
21 McKinsey & Company No fixed quota Competitive
22 BP 100+ £35,000+
23 Amazon 250+ Competitive
24 Lloyds Banking Group 250+ Competitive
25 IBM 150+ £30,000-£32,000
26 Frontline 452 Competitive
27 Arup 250+ £22,000 – £26,500
28 Army 650+ Over £31,000
29 Shell 38+ Competitive
30 Sky 100+ Competitive
31 RBS 300 Competitive
32 P&G 50 Competitive
33 John Lewis Partnership To be confirmed Competitive
34 Newton 100 £45,000 – £50,000
35 M&S 200 Competitive
36 Clifford Chance 90+ £46,600
37 Tesco 80+ £28,000 – £32,000
38 Allen & Overy 80-90 £45,000
39 BAE Systems 350 £28,000 – £32,000
40 Linklaters 100 £44,000
41 Mars 25-30 £30000-£32000
42 Think AheadApple 100-112 £17,000 – £19,000
43 Morgan Stanley 200+ Competitive
44 Apple No fixed quota Competitive
45 Atkins 400 £26,500
46 AstraZeneca 80+ £29,000+
47 Boston Consulting Group No fixed quota Competitive
48 Herbert Smith Freehills Up to 60 £44,000
49 Microsoft 40 Competitive
50 Dyson 75+ £26,500
51 Airbus 100+ £27,000
52 ASOS No fixed quota Competitive
53 Penguin Random House 200+ £23,000
54 Boots 30-40 £26,000 – £29,000
55 Facebook Unknown Competitive
56 Santander 100 £30,000
57 Virgin Media 60+ £30,000+
58 DLA Piper 70-80 £45,000
59 Bloomberg 450 Competitive
60 Slaughter and May 80-85 £45,000
61 ExxonMobil 30+ £38,500+
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
67 Wellcome 12 £26,000
68 McDonald’s Restaurants 30 £22,000
69 Citi Varies Competitive
70 BT 250+ £28,250+
71 Bank of England 80+ £30,000
72 BlackRock 125+ Competitive
73 ngdp for Local Government 140 £25,295
74 Danone 15-20 £30,500
75 TPP 50+ £45,000
76 Hogan Lovells 50 £45,000
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
81 Network Rail 170 £26,500
82 British Airways 50-100 £27,500 – £32,000
83 RAF 500-600 £31,232
84 Aon 75+ Competitive
85 L’Oreal 28 £30,000
86 Grant Thornton 400-450 Competitive
87 BMW Group 20-30 £31,000
88 Deutsche Bank Unknown Competitive
89 CMS 65 £25,000 – £43,000
90 Police Now 350 £29,859
91 Siemens 70-80 Competitive
92 Savills 100 £23,000 – £26,000
93 Mondelez International Unknown Competitive
94 Nestle 25 Competitive
95 Irwin Mitchell 50 £25,000 – £36,000
96 Charityworks 140 £18,000 – £20,000
97 Lloyd’s 10 Competitive
98 Pfizer No fixed quota Competitive
99 Pinsent Masons 68 £23,000 – £41,000
100 AECOM 350 £24,000 – £27,000

Are they really the “top” graduate employers?

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?

Advice for graduates looking for jobs

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:

  • Graduate roles with these businesses are super-competitive so be ready to fight off the competition and to show the employer that you are the best.
  • Deadlines for many of these businesses fall early in the academic year. It’s best to check them out in the first term of your final year to ensure that you don’t miss important deadlines.
  • These really are BIG businesses, so be sure that they are the right fit for your personality. This article might help you to decide.

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.

What you should look for in your first graduate job

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:

  • Training. You’re just getting started with your career and for you to be able to grow and progress, you’ll need some great training.
  • Mentor. Is there someone in the business that you can learn from and look up to? Learning from your superiors and their knowledge and experience will have a big impact on your own performance and future career.
  • Career progression. Once you’re all trained up and performing well, how can you move up the ladder? You don’t want your first graduate job to be a dead end.
  • Company culture. At the end of the day, you’ll want to be happy at work and the company culture can make or break this.

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