The UK graduate jobs report is compiled by High Fliers, UK’s number 1 research agency for graduate recruitment. We have selected some of the most useful information from their 2016 annual report.

View the full report here.

UK Graduate Jobs Report Key Findings:

  • The report states that “Britain’s top employers are planning to recruit their biggest-ever intake of university graduates in 2016.”
  • “The largest individual recruiters of new graduates in 2016 are Teach First (1,870 vacancies), PwC (1,540 vacancies) and Deloitte (1,100 vacancies).”
  • “Recruiters have confirmed that they expect a third of this year’s full-time graduate positions to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.”
  • “Within different industries and business sectors, the most generous salaries in 2016 are those on offer from the investment banks (median of £47,000), law firms (median of £41,000), banking & finance companies (median of £36,000) and oil & energy companies (median of £32,500).”


Analysis of UK Graduate Jobs by Industry – 2016

Industry analysis High Fliers

No. 1 Graduate Recruiting Industry – Accounting and professional services

Looking at the above table, it is no surprise that it is the accounting and professional services industry which takes on the largest number of international students every year.



Below is a list of the top sponsors of the Tier 2 visa, companies who regularly sponsor international students for graduate/internship positions.

This is an updated list; however do check with the companies directly to confirm their position.

Accounting and Professional Services – EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, BDO, Grant Thornton
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Banking and Finance – AVIVA, BAML, Barclays, Baker Tilly, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, RBS, Standard Chartered, Youngs Investment

Consulting – Accenture, Mercer

Law – Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Linklaters

Technology – Ampersand, ATOS, Bloomberg, HP, Zenith Technologies, ZTE

Engineering – AECOM, Airbus, APPH, ARUP, Atkins, BAE Systems, BP, British Sugar, Centrica, Cummins, Essar, Iggesund, Jacobs, Jaguar Landrover, JCB, Lilly, MMI Engineering, National Grid, Phillips, Process, Integration, Rolls Royce, Shell, Siemens, Sky Global Networks, Thales, Unipart, United Utilities

Pharmaceuticals – Astrazeneca, GSK

Remember, these are simply the largest UK sponsors. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the thousands of other sponsors out there. Spread your net wide and apply to a variety of employers!


UK graduate jobs and tips on how to apply for international students

A useful video from The University of Manchester:

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