Students vote for their top employers in the UK

The financial and banking sector ranks highly in a table of top employers in the UK, voted for by students 

September 22 2017
top 10 undergraduate employers in the UK

J.P. Morgan has been ranked as the best undergraduate employer in the UK by students.

Based on more than 5,500 student reviews on RateMyPlacement.com throughout the 2015-16 academic year, the table ranks the top 100 organisations in the UK for graduate jobs.

To be eligible, companies must recruit more than 20 students a year on placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights and have to have at least 15 reviews on their website. 

Financial and banking services company J.P. Morgan has moved up to first place this year, from 17th position last year. It received reviews averaging 8.87 out of 10 on criteria such as whether students felt valued by colleagues, their impressions on the company overall, training and development opportunities and the transferable skills they gained. 

The financial and banking sector dominated the top five in the 2017-2018 ranking. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which was last year's number one, fell to second place and PwC climbed seven places from last year's number 10 to this year's number three. KPMG and Rothschild & Co took the fourth and fifth places respectively. 

Real estate company Savills made the biggest jump up the table, moving from 43rd place in 2016-2017 to 11th place this year. Bloomberg also made a notable rise from 26th to 15th. 

Education social enterprise Teach First fell 20 places from 76 in 2016-2017 to 96 in this year's table. Laing O'Rourke, the international engineering enterprise, is a new entry at 50th. 

The research was carried out by RateMyPlacement, a website where students can review their internships and placements. 

Top 10 undergraduate employers 2017-2018

2017-2018 Rank

2016-2017 Rank

Company

Difference 

1

17

J.P. Morgan

+16

2

2

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

0

3

10

PwC

+7

4

21

KPMG

+17

5

11

Rothschild & Co

+6

6

8

Taylor Wessing

+2

7

19

Barclays

+12

8

5

Hays

-3

9

6

Goldman Sachs

-3

10

7

Morgan Stanley

-3

The top 100 table can be found here

The reviews that form the basis of the top 100 ranking encourage students to rate their experiences based on 15 questions covering: amount of responsibility given, whether students felt valued by colleagues, impressions of the company overall, training and development opportunities and transferable skills gained.

Additional factors are also taken into account in order to give a well-rounded picture of the work culture at that company. These include opportunities to socialise with others, the cost of living in the area and company locations. 

Read more: Graduate employability: top universities in the UK ranked by employers

 

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