Top 10 undergraduate employers revealed

Top 10 undergraduate employers revealed

Choosing an employer is like choosing a new pair of shoes – you need to find the right level of comfort, compatibility and fit.

Recruiters and employers alike need to be aware of the best companies out there, either to monitor the competition or to understand where they should be looking to direct their clients.

The Top 100 Undergraduate Employers in the UK have been announced, based on data from, which took into consideration over 7,000 student reviews throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. The table ranked the organisations that recruit over 15 students a year on placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights; and have at least 15 reviews on the website.

This year saw the rise of multinational technology company Microsoft taking the top spot, moving up five places from last year, and professional services firm Grant Thornton came in at number three, after climbing from 16th last year.

Microsoft received reviews averaging 9.11 out of 10, on criteria including amount of responsibility given, whether they felt valued by colleagues, training and development opportunities, and transferable skills gained.

Lucy Saunders, University Recruitment Manager at Microsoft said: “Being number one is both humbling and an honour for our UK Intern Programme at Microsoft.  It means a lot to us that our very own, superb interns have benefitted from a meaningful and impactful experience at Microsoft.”

Microsoft’s position as number one is reflective of a general theme which sees the rise of recruitment, law and tech firms rising into the top ten - this year has seen recruitment firm Hays move into 5th place from 38th last year.

This year’s top ten employers can be seen below:

  1. Microsoft
  2. Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  3. Grant Thornton
  4. Warner Bros
  5. Hays
  6. Goldman Sachs Group
  7. Morgan Stanley
  8. Taylor Wessing
  9. Credit Suisse
  10. PwC

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