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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 – Business, media & public service professionals

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Essex County Council 40
2 Birmingham City Council 25
3 Glasgow City Council 20
3 Lancashire County Council 20
3 Leeds City Council 20
6 Aberdeen City Council 15
6 Bristol City Council 15
6 Civil Service 15
6 Department for Work & Pensions 15
6 Hampshire County Council 15
6 Hertfordshire County Council 15
6 Kent County Council 15
6 Norfolk County Council 15
6 Suffolk County Council 15
15 Caerphilly County Borough Council 10
15 Cardiff Council 10
15 Cumbria County Council 10
15 East Sussex County Council 10
15 Edinburgh City Council 10
15 Financial Ombudsman Service 10
15 Gloucestershire County Council 10
15 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 10
15 Leicester City Council 10
15 Lincolnshire County Council 10
15 Ministry of Defence (MOD) 10
15 National Audit Office 10
15 Northamptonshire County Council 10
15 Nottingham County Council 10
15 Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) 10
15 Sandwell Council 10
15 Somerset County Council 10
15 Southampton City Council 10
15 Staffordshire County Council 10
15 Surrey County Council 10
15 West Sussex County Council 10
36 Aberdeenshire Council 5
36 Audit Scotland 5
36 Bedford Borough Council 5
36 Blackpool Council 5
36 Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council 5
36 Brent Council 5
36 Bridgend County Borough Council 5
36 Buckinghamshire County Council 5
36 Calderdale Council 5
36 Cambridgeshire County Council 5
36 Carmarthenshire County Council 5
36 Central Bedfordshire Council 5
36 Ceredigion County Council 5
36 City and County of Swansea Council 5
36 Clackmannanshire Council 5
36 Cornwall County Council 5
36 Coventry City Council 5
36 Department for BIS 5
36 Department for Education 5
36 Department for International Development 5
36 Department for Transport 5
36 Department of Health 5
36 Derby City Council 5
36 Derbyshire County Council 5
36 Devon County Council 5
36 Doncaster Council 5
36 Dorset County Council 5
36 Dundee City Council 5
36 East Renfrewshire Council 5
36 East Riding of Yorkshire Council 5
36 Enfield Council 5
36 Environment Agency 5
36 Falkirk Council 5
36 Fermanagh District Council 5
36 Fife Council 5
36 Financial Services Authority (FSA) 5
36 Gateshead Council 5
36 Hartlepool Borough Council 5
36 Her Majesty's Government 5
36 HM Treasury 5
36 Home Office 5
36 House of Commons 5
36 Leicestershire County Council 5
36 London Borough of Bexley 5
36 London Borough of Bromley Council 5
36 London Borough of Hounslow 5
36 Manchester City Council 5
36 Metropolitan Police 5
36 Middlesbrough Council 5
36 Ministry of Justice 5
36 Moray Council 5
36 National Probation Service 5
36 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council 5
36 Newcastle City Council 5
36 Newport City Council 5
36 North East Lincolnshire Council 5
36 North Lincolnshire Council 5
36 North Tyneside Council 5
36 North Yorkshire County Council 5
36 Northumberland County Council 5
36 Nottinghamshire County Council 5
36 Oldham Council 5
36 Oxfordshire County Council 5
36 Peterborough City Council 5
36 Plymouth City Council 5
36 Portsmouth City Council 5
36 Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council 5
36 Renfrewshire Council 5
36 Scottish Government 5
36 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council 5
36 Sheffield City Council 5
36 Shropshire Council 5
36 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 5
36 South Ayrshire Council 5
36 South Gloucestershire Council 5
36 South Lanarkshire Council 5
36 South Tyneside Council 5
36 Stockton Borough Council 5
36 Sunderland City Council 5
36 Swindon Borough Council 5
36 Torfaen County Borough Council 5
36 Warwickshire County Council 5
36 Welsh Government 5
36 West Yorkshire Probation Trust 5
36 Westminster City Council 5
36 Wigan Council 5
36 Wiltshire County Council 5
36 Wolverhampton City Council 5
36 Worcestershire County 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.