These are the top employers of UK university graduates

Data reveal main recruiters of graduates in professional roles

October 7, 2015
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The financial services industry continues to be the main recruiter of university graduates into professional employment, according to a new ranking from the Complete University Guide.

For the second year running, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) heads the table of employers recruiting from the 2013-14 cohort of graduates, with last year’s runner-up, pharmaceutical and retail giant Boots, still in second place.

PwC increased its intake to about 530 graduates, up from about 370 last year.

Three other financial services companies dominate the top of the table: Deloitte in third place with 320 graduates, KPMG in fourth with 235, and Ernst & Young in joint fifth (tied with Specsavers), recruiting 230.

However, the data reveal regional differences in the top recruiters of graduates. In the North East, 10 of the 17 recruiters of 10 or more graduates are in the public sector, and, of these, seven are local councils. In Wales, the biggest recruiter is Aberystwyth University, with 25 posts, followed by Cardiff University and Cardiff City Council (15 posts) in joint second place.

The analysis was based on data from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa). The Complete University Guide excluded graduate start-up businesses and companies with fewer than four graduate recruits. Doctors, dentists and nurses were also excluded as they normally seek employment within the NHS.

Complete University Guide: Top graduate recruiters across the UK

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 530
2 Boots 365
3 Deloitte 320
4 KPMG 235
=5 Ernst & Young 230
=5 Specsavers 230

Complete University Guide: Top graduate recruiters by region

East Midlands

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Rolls-Royce 105
2 Boots 55
3 Royal Air Force 30
4 De Montfort University 25
5 Nottinghamshire County Council 20

East of England

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Tesco 55
2 Ford 50
3 Essex County Council 40
4 BT 30
=5 Boots 25
=5 GlaxoSmithKline 25
=5 Specsavers 25
=5 Suffolk County Council 25

London

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 210
2 Metropolitan Police 160
3 Deloitte 135
4 Ernst & Young 120
5 KPMG 95

North East

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Hewlett-Packard 20
=2 Boots 15
=2 Durham County Council 15
=4 Accenture 10
=4 Aecom 10
=4 Darlington Borough Council 10
=4 Durham University 10
=4 Gateshead Council 10
=4 Hartlepool Borough Council 10
=4 Middlesborough Council 10
=4 Newcastle University 10
=4 Northumberland County Council 10
=4 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 10
=4 Proctor & Gamble 10
=4 Sunderland City Council 10
=4 Teach First 10
=4 University of Sunderland 10

North West

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
=1 BAE Systems 45
=1 Lancashire County Council 45
3 Boots 40
4 Liverpool Hope University 30
=5 BBC 25
=5 Deloitte 25
=5 Enterprise 25

Northern Ireland

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 50
=2 Citi 20
=2 Gordons Chemist 20
=4 Allstate 15
=4 Clear Pharmacy 15
=4 Deloitte 15
=4 Kainos 15
=4 Medicare 15
=4 Randox Laboratories 15

Scotland

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
=1 Fife Council 40
=1 Police Scotland 40
=1 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 40
=4 Boots 30
=4 City of Edinburgh Council 30
=4 Specsavers 30

South East

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 British Army 95
2 Hampshire County Council 50
3 BAE Systems 45
=4 Boots 40
=4 Kent County Council 40

South West

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Babcock 40
2 Ministry of Defence 35
=3 Renishaw 30
=3 Rolls-Royce 30
=3 Royal Navy 30
=3 Specsavers 30

Wales

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Aberystwyth University 25
=2 Boots 15
=2 Cardiff Council 15
=2 Cardiff University 15
=2 Specsavers 15

West Midlands

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Jaguar Land Rover 175
2 Birmingham City Council 50
3 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 30
=4 Boots 25
=4 Deloitte 25

Yorkshire & The Humber

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
=1 Boots 35
=1 Leeds City Council 35
3 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 30
=4 Covance 25
=4 Lloyds Banking Group 25
=4 Sheffield City Council 25

ellie.bothwell@tesglobal.com

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