TARGETcareers Guide to your future

The UK's 200 most popular employers for school leavers

Get inspiration from our survey of the top 200 employers that school students in the UK say they’d most like to work for, as featured in our publication TARGETcareers Guide to your future.

TARGETcareers Guide to your future gives straightforward explanations of the different options for students when they leave school, including university, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and more. It contains more information on the top 200 employers for school leavers listed below, as well as the stories of school leavers already working there.

1

Google

Last year: 1
same
2

BBC

Last year: 2
same
3

NHS

Last year: 3
same
4

Apple

5

Microsoft

Last year: 5
same
6

Ubisoft

7

ITV

Last year: 7
same
8

Sky

Last year: 20
Marketing, IT and technology, Media
up
9

Aston Martin

10

Jaguar Land Rover

Last year: 10
Engineering, Finance
same
11

MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

12

British Airways

Last year: 9
down
13

Samsung

14

Sony

15

Metropolitan Police

Last year: 15
same
16

Rolls-Royce

Last year: 14
down
17

Teach First

18

Channel 4

Last year: 11
down
19

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

20

Intel

21

AstraZeneca

Last year: 45
up
22

Boots

Last year: 13
Business, HR, Marketing, Engineering, Finance
down
23

HSBC Bank Plc

Last year: 32
Finance, Investment management, Banking
up
24

Visa

Last year: 32
up
25

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 6
down
26

BMW Group

27

Bentley

Last year: 17
down
28

Airbus

Last year: 25
Engineering, Finance
down
29

The Army

Last year: 19
Engineering, IT and technology, Public sector and charity, Armed forces
down
30

John Lewis Partnership

Last year: 16
down
31

BAE Systems

Last year: 31
Business, Engineering
same
32

Dyson

33

Lloyd’s

Finance, Insurance and actuarial
34

MI5 - The Security Service

Last year: 4
down
35

Santander

Last year: 50
Banking
up
36

Nissan

37

Barclays

Last year: 12
down
38

Harrods

Last year: 18
down
39

Pfizer

40

The Royal Air Force

Last year: 23
down
41

Oxfam

42

Debenhams

Last year: 21
down
43

KPMG

Last year: 39
Management consulting, Finance, IT and technology
down
44

Amnesty International

45

Facebook

46

Abercrombie & Fitch

47

Roche

48

Lloyds Banking Group

Last year: 36
Finance
down
49

Adidas group

50

L'Oreal

51

Ford

Last year: 37
down
52

Goldman Sachs

Last year: 30
Finance, Investment management, Banking, IT and technology
down
53

The Royal Navy

Last year: 29
down
54

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Last year: 69
up
55

Volkswagen Group UK

56

IBM

Last year: 42
Business, IT and technology
down
57

Penguin Random House

58

Amazon

Last year: 8
down
59

Marks & Spencer

Last year: 28
Retail, buying and fashion
down
60

Deloitte

Last year: 41
Finance, Investment management, Banking, Accountancy
down
61

HM Revenue and Customs

62

Virgin Media

63

J.P. Morgan

Last year: 26
down
64

Hilton Worldwide

65

PwC

Last year: 44
Business, HR, Management consulting, Marketing, Finance, Investment management, Insurance and actuarial, Banking, Accountancy, IT and technology
down
66

Nationwide

67

Siemens

Last year: 68
up
68

Transport for London

Engineering
69

HP

Last year: 64
down
70

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

Last year: 34
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
down
71

Network Rail

Last year: 61
down
72

Irwin Mitchell

73

Slaughter and May

74

Merlin Entertainments plc

75

Kennedys

76

Reed Smith

77

Travelodge

Last year: 58
down
78

Civil Service Fast Stream

Business, Public sector and charity
79

Tesco

Last year: 40
Retail, buying and fashion
down
80

DSTL

Last year: 99
Engineering, Public sector and charity, Science
up
81

EY

Last year: 55
Business, Management consulting, Finance, Banking, Accountancy
down
82
83

American Express

84

National Grid

Last year: 67
Engineering
down
85

Toyota

86

Deutsche Bank

87

Morgan Stanley

88

CGI

Last year: 86
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
down
89

Telefonica

Last year: 91
up
90

Heathrow Academy

91

TUI

Last year: 79
down
92

British Council

93

Environment Agency

Last year: 33
down
94

Bank of England

Last year: 27
Finance, Banking, Public sector and charity
down
95

Grant Thornton

Last year: 75
down
96

Zurich Financial Services

97

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

98

Cisco

99

Vodafone

Last year: 59
Business, IT and technology
down
100

GCHQ

Last year: 38
down
101

Local Government – NGDP

102

Lidl

Last year: 56
down
103

Next

Last year: 22
down
104

Allianz

Last year: 71
down
105

BAM

Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering
106

Coca Cola European Partners

107

Amey

Last year: 92
down
108

BT

Last year: 46
IT and technology
down
109

EE

110

Allen & Overy LLP

111
112

Hill Dickinson LLP

113

Iceland

Last year: 76
down
114

Morrisons Plc

Last year: 66
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
down
115

Sainsbury's

Last year: 47
down
116

BDO LLP

Last year: 94
Business, Finance, Accountancy
down
117

National Audit Office

Last year: 89
Finance, Accountancy, Public sector and charity, Central and local government
down
118

Bloomberg

119

Balfour Beatty Plc

Last year: 74
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering
down
120

Barratt Developments

121

Laing O’Rourke

Last year: 88
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering, Science
down
122

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 24
down
123

Mars

Last year: 60
down
124

Unilever

Last year: 53
Business, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, IT and technology
down
125

EDF Energy

126

Scottish Power

127

Shell

Last year: 48
down
128

SSE

Construction and property, Engineering, IT and technology
129

M&G Investments

Last year: 65
down
130

Baker McKenzie LLP

131

Bird & Bird

132

Womble Bond Dickinson

133

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

134

Mayer Brown LLP

Last year: 70
down
135

Aldi

Last year: 35
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
down
136

Asda

137

TJX Europe

Retail, buying and fashion
138

Reckitt Benckiser

139

RSM

Last year: 85
Business, Finance, Accountancy
down
140

Aviva

Last year: 84
down
141

AXA

142

Capital One

143

Close Brothers

Last year: 97
Business, Finance, Banking
down
144

Co-operative Bank

145

Financial Conduct Authority

Finance
146

Mencap

Last year: 77
down
147

Arup

Last year: 72
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Engineering
down
148

Atkins

Last year: 73
down
149

CH2M

150

Kier Group

151

Mott MacDonald

152

Skanska

Engineering
153

Accenture

Last year: 81
Business, IT and technology
down
154

Boston Consulting Group

155

PA Consulting Group

156

Nestlé

Last year: 43
down
157

Procter & Gamble (P&G)

Last year: 57
down
158

BP

Last year: 49
Engineering, IT and technology, Science
down
159

Npower

160

UK Power Networks

Engineering
161

Bosch

162

Leonardo

163

Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

164

Thales

Last year: 78
down
165

BlackRock

166

Citi

167

Credit Suisse

Last year: 52
down
168

UBS

169

ARM

170

Fujitsu

Last year: 63
down
171

Addleshaw Goddard

Last year: 82
down
172

Ashfords

173

Dentons

174

DLA Piper LLP

175

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

176

Herbert Smith Freehills

177

Linklaters LLP

178

Macfarlanes LLP

179

Norton Rose Fulbright

180

Shoosmiths

181

Whitbread Group

Last year: 80
down
182

Arcadia Group

Last year: 51
Retail, buying and fashion
down
183

Burger King

Last year: 54
down
184

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Last year: 100
down
185

Home Retail Group

Last year: 87
down
186

AECOM

Last year: 83
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying, Engineering
down
187

Bain & Company

188

Capgemini

Last year: 96
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
down
189

Alfa

190

McKinsey & Company

191

Mercer

192

Danone

Last year: 98
down
193

Diageo

194

Kerry Group

195

Mondelez International

196

Thames Water

Engineering, Science
197

Anglian Water Services

198

Centrica

199

E.ON

200

ExxonMobil


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