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University of Bristol is 2nd most-targeted university by employers

Press release issued: 21 January 2019

A major new report has revealed that students at the University of Bristol are among the most targeted by Britain’s top 100 employers.

Bristol has risen two places to second in the Graduate Market in 2019 report, which is a study of graduate vacancies, starting salaries and undergraduate work experience programmes at the country’s top 100 employers.

Among the companies featured on The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list are PwC, Goldman Sachs, BP, 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: "We’re thrilled to be ranked second in this latest report - the University’s highest ranking to-date. Bristol attracts some of the best students and produces some of the most employable graduates, something that as an institution and as a Careers Service we are tremendously proud of.

"We work hard to engage a diverse range of employers - from start-ups to larger companies, as well as the prestigious Times Top 100 graduate employers. This is because our purpose as a Careers Service is to help our students get to where they want to be when they graduate, whether that's starting their own business, working for an SME in Bristol, becoming a teacher, or working for one of the prestigious Times Top 100 Graduate Employers."

The 10 universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2018/2019 are: Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Warwick, University College London, Cambridge, Nottingham, Durham, Leeds and Oxford.

The study, conducted by High Fliers Research last December, also showed the number of graduates hired by organisations featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers increased by 4.3 per cent in 2018, and they will be increasing their graduate vacancies by 9.1 per cent in 2019 - the highest annual rise in graduate recruitment since 2012.

The research also highlights that employers are offering more opportunities for university students to do paid internships and other paid work experience before applying for their first graduate job.

The median starting salary for new graduates joining the UK's leading graduate employers in 2019 is £30,000.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the High Fliers' website.

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