Top undergraduate employers in UK, rated by students

Microsoft is the best rated employer for undergraduates, and the number of placements available in the UK is rising
September 15 2016

The best rated UK employer of undergraduates is Microsoft, knocking Bank of America Merrill Lynch off the top spot this year.

Microsoft moved up five places from last year, receiving reviews averaging 9.11 out of 10 from students who have taken placements or internships with the company.

More than 7,000 student reviews were used to compile the UK’s top 100 undergraduate employers by RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

Students evaluated their time with UK employers on how much responsibility they were given, whether they felt valued by colleagues, their impressions of the company in general, any training and development opportunities and the transferable skills they gained.

Lucy Saunders, university recruitment manager at Microsoft, said: “Being number one is both humbling and an honour for our UK intern programme at Microsoft.  It means a lot to us that our very own, superb interns have benefited from a meaningful and impactful experience at Microsoft.

“Internally, our interns are extremely well regarded, and they never fail to make huge, positive impact to our UK business and beyond. Integral and core to our intern programme is the belief that our interns should be given as much opportunity as possible to make great impact during their time with us.”

In previous years, the top spots have been dominated by financial services firms, but Microsoft’s chart-topping showing this year marks a shift in favour of a number of different industries, including recruitment, professional services and law. Nonetheless, financial services companies continue to fill many places in the top 10.

A number of major organisations made the cut for the first time, including two pharmaceutical companies – Pfizer (97) and AstraZeneca (99). Other notable new entries include Transport for London (74), Virgin Media (92) and EDF Energy (100), as well as the consultancy and construction firm Mace Ltd (62).

There’s some good news for current and prospective undergraduates: the number of placements available to them at top 100 companies has increased by 32 per cent in the past four years, and the average salary for these schemes has risen by 7.3 per cent, slightly above inflation.

However, companies focusing on science, maths, engineering and technology bucked the trend by reducing the amount they pay undergraduate interns.

Top 100 UK employers of undergraduates

Rank 2016

Employer

Position 2014-2015

1

Microsoft

6

2

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

1

3

Grant Thornton

16

4

Warner Bros

3

5

Hays

38

6

Goldman Sachs Group

5

7

Morgan Stanley

4

8

Taylor Wessing

17

9

Credit Suisse

8

10

PricewaterhouseCoopers

18

11

Rothschild

24

12

HP

34

13

Ernst & Young

22

14

Cummins

52

15

Herbert Smith Freehills

43

16

Allen & Overy

68

17

J.P. Morgan

7

18

Pinsent Masons LLP

2

19

Barclays

9

20

American Express

51

21

KPMG

32

22

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

30

23

Nomura

55

24

Lubrizol

42

25

UBS

37

26

Bloomberg LP

69

27

L’Oreal

56

28

Citi

12

29

Hogan Lovells

23

30

Arup

33

31

Towers Watson

25

32

Deloitte

10

33

Rolls-Royce

70

34

Standard Life

26

35

BlackRock

46

36

Lidl

15

37

CMS UK

40

38

Nabarro

14

39

Jaguar Land Rover

73

40

Cancer Research UK

80

41

RPC

29

42

M&G Investments

27

43

Savills

11

44

Fidelity International

58

45

Aldi

45

46

National Grid

78

47

GlaxoSmithKline

35

48

Linklaters

20

49

Lloyds Banking Group

59

50

BP

36

51

JLL

60

52

BDO

28

53

Intel Corporation

19

54

ASOS

82

55

Walt Disney

63

56

Simmons & Simmons LLP

66

57

PageGroup

72

58

IBM

31

59

Shearman & Sterling LLP

N/A

60

HSBC

81

61

Tesco

86

62

Mace Ltd

N/A

63

Cushman & Wakefield

75

64

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

71

65

RBC Capital Markets

85

66

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd

90

67

Shoosmiths

53

68

Centrica

105

69

Metaswitch Networks

39

70

Atkins

64

71

Accenture

50

72

Schlumberger

57

73

Siemens

102

74

Transport for London

N/A

75

Network Rail

54

76

Teach First

98

77

Bank of England

44

78

RBS

13

79

Eaton

N/A

80

Unilever

61

81

SAP

65

82

Johnson & Johnson

95

83

Aon

100

84

BuroHappold Engineering

N/A

85

BAE Systems

103

86

Vauxhall

41

87

BMW Group

76

88

Allianz UK

87

89

3M

91

90

John Lewis Partnership

99

91

Imagination Technologies

N/A

92

Virgin Media

N/A

93

Santander

101

94

DSTL

96

95

Caterpillar

94

96

Costain

N/A

97

Pfizer

N/A

98

FAURECIA

N/A

99

AstraZeneca

N/A

100

EDF Energy

N/A

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