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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.

Public administration & defence

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 British Army 150
2 Glasgow City Council 50
2 North Lanarkshire Council 50
4 Environment Agency 40
4 Essex County Council 40
4 Ministry of Defence (MOD) 40
4 Royal Navy 40
8 Birmingham City Council 35
8 Kent County Council 35
8 Royal Air Force (RAF) 35
11 Falkirk Council 30
11 Renfrewshire Council 30
13 Aberdeen City Council 25
13 Fife Council 25
13 Lancashire County Council 25
13 Leeds City Council 25
13 South Lanarkshire Council 25
13 Surrey County Council 25
19 Aberdeenshire Council 20
19 Bristol City Council 20
19 City of Edinburgh Council 20
19 Civil Service 20
19 East Renfrewshire Council 20
19 Hampshire County Council 20
19 Hertfordshire County Council 20
19 Metropolitan Police 20
19 Norfolk County Council 20
19 Nottingham County Council 20
19 Police Scotland 20
30 Department for Work & Pensions 15
30 Dumfries & Galloway Council 15
30 East Dunbartonshire Council 15
30 Highland Council 15
30 Midlothian Council 15
30 North Yorkshire County Council 15
30 Nottinghamshire County Council 15
30 Somerset County Council 15
30 South Ayrshire Council 15
30 South Wales Police 15
30 Staffordshire County Council 15
30 Suffolk County Council 15
30 UK Border Agency 15
30 West Sussex County Council 15
44 Angus Council 10
44 Buckinghamshire County Council 10
44 Caerphilly County Borough Council 10
44 Cardiff Council 10
44 Carmarthenshire County Council 10
44 Ceredigion County Council 10
44 Clackmannanshire Council 10
44 Cornwall County Council 10
44 Cumbria County Council 10
44 Derbyshire County Council 10
44 Devon County Council 10
44 Doncaster Council 10
44 Dorset County Council 10
44 Dundee City Council 10
44 East Lothian Council 10
44 East Sussex County Council 10
44 Edinburgh City Council 10
44 Financial Ombudsman Service 10
44 Gloucestershire County Council 10
44 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 10
44 Home Office 10
44 Inverclyde Council 10
44 Leicester City Council 10
44 Leicestershire County Council 10
44 Lincolnshire County Council 10
44 Ministry of Justice 10
44 National Audit Office 10
44 Newport City Council 10
44 North Ayrshire Council 10
44 North Lincolnshire Council 10
44 North Wales Police 10
44 Northamptonshire County Council 10
44 Perth & Kinross Council 10
44 Portsmouth City Council 10
44 Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) 10
44 Sandwell Council 10
44 Sheffield City Council 10
44 Southampton City Council 10
44 Stirling Council 10
44 Thames Valley Police 10
44 Warwickshire County Council 10
44 West Lothian Council 10
86 Audit Scotland 5
86 Avon and Somerset Constabulary 5
86 Barnet Council 5
86 Barnsley Council 5
86 Bedford Borough Council 5
86 Blackpool Council 5
86 Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council 5
86 Bournemouth Borough Council 5
86 Bradford Council 5
86 Brent Council 5
86 Bridgend County Borough Council 5
86 Calderdale Council 5
86 Cambridgeshire County Council 5
86 Central Bedfordshire Council 5
86 Cheltenham Borough Council 5
86 City and County of Swansea Council 5
86 City of York Council 5
86 Coventry City Council 5
86 Croydon Council 5
86 Denbighshire County Council 5
86 Department for BIS 5
86 Department for Education 5
86 Department for International Development 5
86 Department for Transport 5
86 Department of Health 5
86 Derby City Council 5
86 Durham County Council 5
86 Ealing Council 5
86 East Ayrshire Council 5
86 East Riding of Yorkshire Council 5
86 Enfield Council 5
86 Fermanagh District Council 5
86 Financial Services Authority (FSA) 5
86 Flintshire County Council 5
86 Gateshead Council 5
86 Greater Manchester Police 5
86 Hampshire Constabulary 5
86 Hartlepool Borough Council 5
86 Health Protection Agency 5
86 Her Majesty's Government 5
86 Her Majesty's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC) 5
86 Herefordshire County Council 5
86 HM Prison Service 5
86 HM Treasury 5
86 House of Commons 5
86 Hull City Council 5
86 Kirklees Council 5
86 Leicestershire Police 5
86 Liverpool City Council 5
86 London Borough of Bexley 5
86 London Borough of Bromley Council 5
86 London Borough of Hillingdon 5
86 London Borough of Hounslow 5
86 Luton Borough Council 5
86 Manchester City Council 5
86 Middlesbrough Council 5
86 Moray Council 5
86 National Probation Service 5
86 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council 5
86 Newcastle City Council 5
86 Norfolk Constabulary 5
86 North East Lincolnshire Council 5
86 North Tyneside Council 5
86 Northumberland County Council 5
86 ofgem 5
86 Oldham Council 5
86 Oxfordshire County Council 5
86 Pembrokeshire County Council 5
86 Peterborough City Council 5
86 Plymouth City Council 5
86 Powys County Council 5
86 Qinetiq 5
86 Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council 5
86 Salford City Council 5
86 Scottish Borders Council 5
86 Scottish Government 5
86 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council 5
86 Shropshire Council 5
86 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 5
86 South Gloucestershire Council 5
86 South Tyneside Council 5
86 Stockton Borough Council 5
86 Strathclyde Police 5
86 Sunderland City Council 5
86 Surrey Police 5
86 Swindon Borough Council 5
86 Telford & Wrekin Council 5
86 Torfaen County Borough Council 5
86 Welsh Government 5
86 West Dunbartonshire Council 5
86 West Midlands Police 5
86 West Yorkshire Probation Trust 5
86 Westminster City Council 5
86 Wigan Council 5
86 Wiltshire County Council 5
86 Wolverhampton City Council 5
86 Worcestershire County Council 5
86 Worcestershire County Council  5
86 Wrexham County Borough Council 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.