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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.

North East

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Boots 30
2 Durham University 15
2 Hewlett Packard 15
4 Accenture 10
4 James Cook University Hospital 10
4 Newcastle University 10
4 Nissan 10
4 North Tyneside Council 10
4 Northumberland County Council 10
4 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 10
4 Sunderland Royal Hospital 10
4 Tesco 10
13 Aecom 5
13 Aldi 5
13 Arup 5
13 City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 5
13 Creating Careers 5
13 Cummins 5
13 Deloitte 5
13 Department for Work & Pensions 5
13 Durham County Council 5
13 Enterprise 5
13 Environment Agency 5
13 Ernst & Young 5
13 Freeman Hospital 5
13 Gateshead Council 5
13 GlaxoSmithKline 5
13 Hartlepool Borough Council 5
13 KPMG 5
13 Lloyds Pharmacy 5
13 Lucite International 5
13 Marks & Spencer 5
13 McDonald's 5
13 Middlesbrough Council 5
13 National Health Service (NHS) 5
13 Newcastle City Council 5
13 North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust 5
13 Northumbria University 5
13 Physio World 5
13 Procter & Gamble 5
13 Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council 5
13 Scott Logic 5
13 South Tyneside Council 5
13 Specsavers 5
13 Stockton Borough Council 5
13 Sunderland City Council 5
13 Teach First 5
13 Tracerco 5
13 University of Sunderland 5
13 Vision Express 5
51 ABB Fewer than 5
51 Abercrombie & Fitch Fewer than 5
51 Acritas Fewer than 5
51 Action For Children Fewer than 5
51 Age UK Fewer than 5
51 AkzoNobel Fewer than 5
51 AMEC Fewer than 5
51 Andrew Nesbitt Architects Fewer than 5
51 Apple Fewer than 5
51 Asda Fewer than 5
51 Assystem Fewer than 5
51 Atkins Fewer than 5
51 Babcock Fewer than 5
51 Balfour Beatty Fewer than 5
51 Barclays Fewer than 5
51 Barratt Homes Fewer than 5
51 BP Fewer than 5
51 Brewin Dolphin Fewer than 5
51 British Heart Foundation Fewer than 5
51 Capita Fewer than 5
51 Carillion Fewer than 5
51 Co-operative (Co-Op) Fewer than 5
51 Coral Fewer than 5
51 Costa Coffee Fewer than 5
51 Countrywide Fewer than 5
51 Covance Fewer than 5
51 Creative Support Fewer than 5
51 Cundall Fewer than 5
51 Debenhams Fewer than 5
51 Dunelm Mill Fewer than 5
51 EDF Energy Fewer than 5
51 Electricity North West Fewer than 5
51 English Heritage Fewer than 5
51 Fairhurst Fewer than 5
51 Fenwick Fewer than 5
51 Foster Wheeler Fewer than 5
51 GL Noble Denton Fewer than 5
51 Halfords Fewer than 5
51 Hollister Fewer than 5
51 HSBC Fewer than 5
51 Hugo Boss Fewer than 5
51 Iceland Fewer than 5
51 IDS Fewer than 5
51 INEOS Fewer than 5
51 JHC Fewer than 5
51 Johnson Matthey Fewer than 5
51 Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Fewer than 5
51 KFC Fewer than 5
51 Lidl Fewer than 5
51 Lloyds Banking Group Fewer than 5
51 Majestic Wine Fewer than 5
51 Mitchells & Butlers Fewer than 5
51 Morrisons Fewer than 5
51 Mott Macdonald Fewer than 5
51 Mouchel Fewer than 5
51 National Trust Fewer than 5
51 Next Fewer than 5
51 Nigel Frank International Fewer than 5
51 North Yorkshire County Council Fewer than 5
51 Optical Express Fewer than 5
51 Parsons Brinckerhoff Fewer than 5
51 Persimmon Homes Fewer than 5
51 Pizza Express Fewer than 5
51 Pizza Hut Fewer than 5
51 Post Office Fewer than 5
51 Primark Fewer than 5
51 Queen Elizabeth Hospital Fewer than 5
51 Red Bull Fewer than 5
51 Rolls-Royce Fewer than 5
51 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Fewer than 5
51 RSM Tenon Fewer than 5
51 Sage Fewer than 5
51 Salvation Army Fewer than 5
51 Siemens AG Fewer than 5
51 Sir Robert McAlpine Fewer than 5
51 Smiths Gore Fewer than 5
51 Student Finance England Fewer than 5
51 Subway Fewer than 5
51 Tata Steel Fewer than 5
51 Teaching Personnel Fewer than 5
51 Topshop Fewer than 5
51 URS Fewer than 5
51 Vision for Education Fewer than 5
51 Whitbread Fewer than 5
51 Winn Solicitors Fewer than 5
51 WSP Group 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.