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World and UK rankings use different sets of measures, with world rankings tending to be more focused on reputation and research. This explains the difference in rankings. It would probably be worth paying attention to the details of each measure, particularly those that are more important to you.
Pragmatically, it is likely that major firms will pay more attention to reputation in deciding where to focus their recruitment efforts which might favour students of universities which are ranked higher in the international tables.
Hopefully this helps, and good luck to your son with his application!