Survey reveals UK’s top undergraduate employers


J.P. Morgan has taken the top spot in a list of the top 100 undergraduate employers in the UK, compiled by RateMyPlacement.

Based on over 5,500 student reviews throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the table ranks organisations that recruit more than 20 students a year onto placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights; and which have at least 15 reviews on the RateMyPlacement site.

J.P. Morgan moved up in the rankings this year to first place receiving reviews averaging 8.87 out of 10, on criteria including: amount of responsibility given, whether students felt valued by colleagues, impressions of the company overall, training and development opportunities, and transferable skills gained.

Robert Walke and Helena Sharpe, Co-heads of Campus Recruiting at J.P. Morgan in EMEA, said: “Interns are given a fantastic opportunity to build networks and gain valuable experience through our program including working in teams on live projects. The innovative thinking and skillset this talent brings to the firm means they can make a huge impact to the businesses they support.

“We provide a strong foundation of training, mentoring and resources to help them get the most from the experience. At J.P. Morgan, our internship is the primary source of talent for our graduate programme and integral to our hiring strategy. Being ranked top of this table by students in the UK recognises the important contributions of undergraduates to our firm.”

The banking and financial sector dominated this year’s top five. While last year’s winner, Microsoft, fell to 22nd, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – which topped 2015-16’s rankings – came in second. PwC maintains its top 10 spot but climbed to third, with KPMG and Rothschild & Co completing the five highest rated undergraduate employers.

Ollie Sidwell, Co-founder at commented: “It’s been an interesting year for certain sectors in the Top 100. Some are certainly seeing that greater interaction with students is leading to a better position. It’s great to see that within our Top 100, the variety of industries, from finance to law and the entertainment industry, from last year has continued. Showing that no matter where an undergraduate decides to take their career, there will always be a top undergraduate employer looking to employ them in their chosen sector. This year’s results shows financial services companies have delivered on investing in students’ futures and listened to their voice. It’s so important for industries to pay attention to what their students are saying – it will allow them to better strengthen their workforce.”

Real Estate company Savills made the most startling rise, placing at 11th this year after ranking 43rd in 2016. Laing O’Rourke, the international engineering enterprise, is a new entry at 50th. Bloomberg made a notable rise from 26th to 15th while Teach First dropped 20 places to 96th.

This year’s top ten 

Last year’s position

1. J.P. Morgan

 17 (+16)

2. Bank of America Merrill Lynch


3. PwC 

 10 (+7)

4. KPMG 

 21 (+17)

5. Rothschild & Co

 11 (+6)

6. Taylor Wessing

 8 (+2)

7. Barclays

 19 (+12)

8. Hays

 5 (-3)

9. Goldman Sachs

 6 (-3)

10. Morgan Stanley

 10 (-3)


The full top 100 is available at


Thursday, 14 September 2017

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