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Bristol graduates among the most targeted by top UK firms

Press release issued: 3 February 2021

Graduates from the University of Bristol are among the most sought after by top employers, a major report has found.

The ‘Graduate Market in 2021’ survey asked the Britain’s top 100 employers which graduates they most wanted to fill their vacancies, with the University of Bristol coming seventh out of more than 100 UK universities.

Graduates who join these firms earn an average of £30,000, with some commanding salaries of more than £45,000.

The top employers list is compiled by the Times newspaper and includes IBM, AstraZenca, BT, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, the BBC, Jaguar Land Rover and the NHS. 

Stuart Johnson, Director of the Careers Service at the University of Bristol, said: “For the sixth year in a row we have been ranked in the top 10 for graduate recruitment. This shows tremendous consistency and is indicative of the high regard in which our University and our students are held by employers.

“The University of Bristol attracts some of the world’s most talented and dynamic students, who invariably go on to do amazing things - whether that's starting their own business, working for a small company, joining the public sector or working for one of the prestigious Times Top 100 Graduate Employers." 

“For decades The University has been on the forefront of career development: engaging with top employers, incubating hundreds of start-ups, funding thousands of internships and giving every student a huge range of opportunities for personal and professional development.”

The 10 universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2020/2021 are: Birmingham, Manchester, University College London, Nottingham, Leeds, Warwick, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London. 

The study, conducted by High Fliers Research last December and released this week, showed median starting salaries for new graduates joining the UK's leading graduate employers in 2021 has remained stable at £30,000. 

Meanwhile, the number of graduates hired by top 100 employers reduced by 12.3 per cent in 2020, the largest annual decrease in recruitment since 2009. They expect graduate recruitment to rise by  2.5% this year. 

You can read the full report here.


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