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The students have spoken: the top 300 graduate employers revealed
Thursday, May 11, 2017

This week, the annual Guardian UK300 publication announced the top 300 most popular employers, as voted by 62,814 students in early 2017.

A notable addition to the 2017/18 rankings is television broadcasting company, Channel 4. Entering the list at an impressive fifth place, the majority of the previous top 10 names have moved down a place to accommodate the new arrival. Channel 4’s entry is a result of its ‘4Talent’ scheme, which offers a wide range of opportunities such as events and workshops as well as specific work programmes. This drive to nurture early talent in the industry helps make the employer highly popular with undergraduates.

Google and Cancer Research UK continue to hold on to the first and second spot, while GlaxoSmithKline and Microsoft rose up just one place, showing that the top employers in 2016 are still just as popular this year. The top 10 graduate employers are as follows:

1. Google

2. Cancer Research UK

3. GlaxoSmithKline

4. MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

5. Channel 4 Television

6. British Airways

7. Microsoft

8. Amazon

9. MI5 – The Security Service

10. Jaguar Land Rover

Other significant new entries this year include law firms, Gowling WLG, BLM, Squire Patton Boggs and DAC Beachcroft, evidencing graduate legal careers as an appealing and increasingly accessible line of work for students across the UK. Other new organisations listed include FDM, Interserve and Royal Mail Group – a great achievement for all.

The results stem from the UK’s largest independent student survey, conducted by research firm, trendence UK, and is a highly beneficial tool for both employers and those reaching the end of their studies. The full list of the 300 most popular graduate employers in the UK, including rankings by sector, gender and year of study, will be published in The Guardian UK 300 later this year, and 100,000 copies will be distributed to students at leading UK universities.

See the full list here:


Notes to Editors

  • 100,000 copies of The Guardian UK 300 will reach university campuses in September 2016 for distribution to students. The Guardian UK 300 is also available digitally from September on the website 
  • The Guardian UK 300 is the product of another successful publishing partnership between GTI Media and The Guardian, who also sponsor the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.
  • trendence is Europe’s leading research institute specialising in employer branding, personnel marketing and recruiting. Every year, more than 500,000 school-leavers, students and young professionals from all over the world take part in trendence studies on their career ambitions and employers of choice. To find out more about the research packages available to UK recruiters contact

GTI Media produces the leading graduate careers and jobs site, The Guardian UK 300 and the TARGETjobs series of sector publications. For more information on GTI Media visit

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