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Top Graduate Employers

Below is a list of the top 100 graduate recruiters. You can filter the table by region, industry and occupation.

The financial services industry is the main recruiter of university graduates into professional employment. The second main recruiter is the healthcare industry.

South West – Public administration & defence

Rank Employer Graduate-level posts
1 Gloucestershire County Council 20
2 Bristol City Council 10
2 Devon County Council 10
2 Somerset County Council 10
5 Avon and Somerset Constabulary 5
5 Borough of Poole 5
5 Bournemouth Borough Council 5
5 British Army 5
5 Civil Service 5
5 Cornwall County Council 5
5 Devon and Cornwall Police 5
5 Environment Agency 5
5 Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) 5
5 HM Land Registry 5
5 North Somerset Council 5
5 Plymouth City Council 5
5 South Gloucestershire Council 5
5 Wiltshire County Council 5
19 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Fewer than 5
19 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Fewer than 5
19 Public Health England Fewer than 5

This table is compiled using data taken from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey (2015–16) conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Numbers are rounded to the nearest five in line with Higher Education Statistics Agency confidentiality requirements. Read more about how we compile these tables.