NHS tops Guardian UK300 for third year running

NHS tops Guardian UK300 for third year running


On Monday 28th April, the latest list of the UK’s 300 most popular employers was released – and for the third time in a row, the NHS was voted the UK’s most popular graduate employer in the survey of nearly 30,000 undergraduates conducted by international research firm trendence.  At a time when public sector recruitment is falling, undergraduates have expressed their preferences clearly, with many of them attracted by the high-quality graduate schemes offered by the NHS.

The top ten employers for 2014-5, as voted for by students, are:

1) NHS Graduate Schemes, 2) BBC, 3) Google, 4) GlaxoSmithKline, 5) Microsoft, 6) PwC, 7) Unilever, 8) Jaguar Land Rover, 9) John Lewis Partnership, 10) Rolls-Royce.

JLR, John Lewis and Rolls-Royce all entered the top ten from positions outside it last year.  The biggest riser in this year’s top 100 was Mars, up 50 places from 2013.  The three top-ranking law firms – Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Clifford Chance – all saw their popularity increase significantly.  And although many banks fell slightly or stayed about the same in the rankings, HSBC rose to 28th position, up from 47th in 2013.  (To see this year's full 300, click here.)

The huge student survey behind the 300 rankings, the trendence Graduate Barometer, isn’t just a measure of popularity; it’s the basis of a sophisticated research product that enables recruiters to benchmark themselves against competitors in order to understand how undergraduates choose employers and what they want from their careers.

The Guardian UK300 will be published in September, when 100,000 copies will be distributed to leading universities.

●  trendence’s UK research & data manager Alexandra Kong says “The UK’s undergraduates have spoken in their thousands and, once again, the NHS has been voted the most popular employer.  But it’s just as important for recruiters to understand the reasons why students favour one employer over another and, critically, how they measure up against the competition with targeted subject groups at targeted universities.  The trendence Graduate Barometer gives recruiters the information they need to plan and implement successful recruitment strategies.”

Monday, 28 April 2014

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