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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.

South West – Public administration & defence

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Royal Navy 35
2 Bristol City Council 20
3 Somerset County Council 15
4 British Army 10
4 Cornwall County Council 10
4 Devon County Council 10
4 Dorset County Council 10
4 Gloucestershire County Council 10
4 Ministry of Defence (MOD) 10
10 Avon and Somerset Constabulary 5
10 Bournemouth Borough Council 5
10 Cheltenham Borough Council 5
10 Civil Service 5
10 Environment Agency 5
10 Plymouth City Council 5
10 South Gloucestershire Council 5
10 Swindon Borough Council 5
10 Wiltshire County Council 5
19 National Probation Service Fewer than 5
19 North Somerset Council Fewer than 5
19 Qinetiq Fewer than 5
19 Royal Air Force (RAF) Fewer than 5
19 Selex ES Fewer than 5
19 UK Border Agency 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.