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Top Graduate Employers

The finance and retail sectors are recruiting the greatest number of graduates into graduate-level employment, according to our latest figures. So, where are the jobs?

Filter the table below by region, industry and occupation.

  • Click on a company name to read an employer profile and find details of their graduate training – where in the UK they recruit, in what industries, and into what types of job.
  • See starting salaries and minimum educational requirements.
  • Find out how we created the graduate employers table.

Accommodation & food

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 McDonald's 65
2 Costa Coffee 15
2 Pizza Express 15
4 Compass Group 10
4 J D Wetherspoon 10
4 Nando's 10
4 Pizza Hut 10
4 Starbucks 10
4 Subway 10
4 Whitbread 10
11 BaxterStorey 5
11 Bourne Leisure 5
11 Butlins 5
11 Carluccio's 5
11 Clifton Hotels 5
11 Domino's Pizza 5
11 Harvester 5
11 Haven Power 5
11 Hilton Hotels 5
11 KFC 5
11 Mitchells & Butlers 5
11 Stonegate Pub Company 5
11 Unspecified Restaurant 5
24 Amey Fewer than 5
24 Cisco Systems Fewer than 5
24 Exchange Group Fewer than 5
24 Extern Fewer than 5
24 Gamesys Fewer than 5
24 Heineken Fewer than 5
24 Holiday Inn Fewer than 5
24 PGL Fewer than 5
24 Propaganda Fewer than 5
24 QHotels Fewer than 5
24 Revolution Bars Fewer than 5
24 Sky Fewer than 5
24 Undisclosed Fewer than 5

These tables are compiled using data taken from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey (2011–12) conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Read more about the methodology of this study.