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

NHS

Last year: 3
up
2

BBC

Last year: 2
same
3

Google

Last year: 1
down
4

ITV

Last year: 7
up
5

Apple

Last year: 4
down
6

MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

Last year: 11
up
7

Channel 4

Last year: 18
up
8

Microsoft

Last year: 5
down
9

Sky

Last year: 8
Marketing, IT and technology, Media
down
10

Police

11

Teach First

Last year: 17
up
12

Barclays

Last year: 37
up
13

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 122
up
14

Aston Martin

Last year: 9
down
15

Ubisoft

Last year: 6
down
16

MI5 - The Security Service

Last year: 34
up
17

Civil Service Fast Stream

Last year: 78
Business, Public sector and charity
up
18

KPMG

Last year: 43
Management consulting, Finance, IT and technology
up
19

HM Revenue and Customs

Last year: 61
up
20

Jaguar Land Rover

Last year: 10
Engineering, Finance
down
21

BAE Systems

Last year: 31
Business, Engineering
up
22

British Airways

Last year: 12
down
23

Amnesty International

Last year: 44
up
24

Penguin Random House

Last year: 57
up
25

The Royal Air Force

Last year: 40
up
26

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 25
down
27

The Army

Last year: 29
Engineering, IT and technology, Public sector and charity, Armed forces
up
28

Dyson

Last year: 32
up
29

Airbus

Last year: 28
Engineering, Finance
down
30

BMW Group

Last year: 26
down
31

J.P. Morgan

Last year: 63
up
32

AstraZeneca

Last year: 21
down
33

Mercedes-Benz

34

Samsung

Last year: 13
down
35

Rolls Royce plc

Last year: 16
Engineering
down
36

HSBC Bank Plc

Last year: 23
Finance, Investment management, Banking
down
37

Goldman Sachs

Last year: 52
Finance, Investment management, Banking, IT and technology
up
38

Deloitte

Last year: 60
Finance, Investment management, Banking, Accountancy
up
39

PwC

Last year: 65
Business, HR, Management consulting, Marketing, Finance, Investment management, Insurance and actuarial, Banking, Accountancy, IT and technology
up
40

Oxfam

Last year: 41
up
41

Local Government – NGDP

Last year: 101
up
42

John Lewis Partnership

Last year: 30
down
43

Sony

Last year: 14
down
44

The Royal Navy

Last year: 53
up
45

Amazon

Last year: 58
up
46

Lloyds Banking Group

Last year: 48
Finance
up
47

Harrods

Last year: 38
down
48

Heathrow Academy

Last year: 90
up
49

Intel

Last year: 20
down
50

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

Last year: 19
down
51

Virgin Media

Last year: 62
IT and technology
up
52

Volkswagen Group UK

Last year: 55
up
53

Boots

Last year: 22
Business, HR, Marketing, Engineering, Finance
down
54

Bentley

Last year: 27
down
55

Hilton Worldwide

Last year: 64
up
56

Debenhams

Last year: 42
down
57

EY

Last year: 81
Business, Management consulting, Finance, Banking, Accountancy
up
58

Pfizer

Last year: 39
down
59

Abercrombie & Fitch

Last year: 46
down
60

Lloyd’s

Last year: 33
Finance, Insurance and actuarial
down
61

Adidas group

Last year: 49
down
62

TUI UK

Last year: 91
Business, Hospitality and travel
up
63

Environment Agency

Last year: 93
up
64

National Audit Office

Last year: 117
Finance, Accountancy, Public sector and charity, Central and local government
up
65

GCHQ

Last year: 100
up
66

IBM

Last year: 56
Business, IT and technology
down
67

Starbucks

68

Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Last year: 163
up
69

American Express

Last year: 83
up
70

Allen & Overy LLP

Last year: 110
up
71

Bank of England

Last year: 94
Finance, Banking, Public sector and charity
up
72

National Grid

Last year: 84
Engineering
up
73

British Council

Last year: 92
up
74

Nationwide

Last year: 66
down
75

Siemens

Last year: 67
down
76

Marks & Spencer

Last year: 59
Retail, buying and fashion
down
77

Merlin Entertainments plc

Last year: 74
down
78

Morgan Stanley

Last year: 87
up
79

Accenture

Last year: 153
Business, IT and technology
up
80

Facebook

Last year: 45
down
81

Santander

Last year: 35
Banking
down
82

Next

Last year: 103
up
83

Slaughter and May

Last year: 73
down
84

Irwin Mitchell

Last year: 72
Law
down
85

BT

Last year: 108
IT and technology
up
86

Deutsche Bank

Last year: 86
same
87

L'Oreal

Last year: 50
down
88

Tesco

Last year: 79
Retail, buying and fashion
down
89

Coca Cola European Partners

Last year: 106
up
90

Clifford Chance

Last year: 111
Law
up
91

Whitbread Group

Last year: 181
up
92

Nestlé

Last year: 156
up
93

Sainsbury's

Last year: 115
up
94

Financial Conduct Authority

Last year: 145
Finance
up
95

Travelodge

96

Ford

Last year: 51
Engineering
down
97

Transport for London

Last year: 68
Engineering
down
98

Visa

Last year: 24
down
99

Network Rail

Last year: 71
Construction and property, Insurance and actuarial
down
100

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Last year: 54
down
101

Grant Thornton

Last year: 95
Finance
down
102

CGI

Last year: 88
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
down
103

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Last year: 97
down
104

Balfour Beatty

Last year: 119
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering
up
105

Cisco

Last year: 98
down
106

EE

Last year: 109
IT and technology, Retail, buying and fashion
up
107

Reed Smith

Last year: 76
down
108

Addleshaw Goddard

Last year: 171
up
109

Nissan

Last year: 36
down
110

Allianz

Last year: 104
down
111

Bloomberg

Last year: 118
up
112

EDF Energy

Last year: 125
up
113

TJX Europe

Last year: 137
Retail, buying and fashion
up
114

Telefonica

Last year: 89
down
115

HP

Last year: 69
down
116

BP

Last year: 158
Engineering, IT and technology, Science
up
117

Shell

Last year: 127
up
118

Asda

Last year: 136
up
119

Unilever

Last year: 124
Business, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, IT and technology, Science
up
120

Marriott International

121

Kennedys

Last year: 75
down
122

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

Last year: 70
Business, Hospitality and travel, Retail, buying and fashion
down
123

BAM

Last year: 105
Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering
down
124

ARM

Last year: 169
up
125

Roche

Last year: 47
down
126

DSTL

Last year: 80
Engineering, Public sector and charity, Science
down
127

BDO LLP

Last year: 116
Business, Finance, Accountancy
down
128

Aldi

Last year: 135
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
up
129

AECOM

Last year: 186
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying, Engineering
up
130

BNP Paribas

Finance
131

Bird & Bird

Last year: 131
same
132

Ashfords

Last year: 172
up
133

Dentons

Last year: 173
up
134

Great Western Railway

135

Mott MacDonald

Last year: 151
up
136

Citi

Last year: 166
up
137

Arup

Last year: 147
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Engineering
up
138

Capgemini

Last year: 188
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
up
139

Vodafone

Last year: 99
Business, IT and technology
down
140

Credit Suisse

Last year: 167
Business, Finance, Banking
up
141

Pinsent Masons

142

Zurich Insurance

143

Aviva

Last year: 140
down
144

Co-operative Group Ltd

145

Atkins

Last year: 148
Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying, Engineering
up
146

Herbert Smith Freehills

Last year: 176
up
147

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Last year: 133
down
148

Linklaters LLP

Last year: 177
up
149

RSM

Last year: 139
Business, Finance, Accountancy
down
150

Mars

Last year: 123
down
151

M&G Investments

Last year: 129
down
152

Arcadia Group

Last year: 182
Retail, buying and fashion
up
153

WSP

Engineering
154

Hogan Lovells

155

Capital One

Last year: 142
down
156

Lidl

Last year: 102
down
157

Bosch

Last year: 161
up
158

Reckitt Benckiser

Last year: 138
down
159

Barratt Developments

Last year: 120
down
160

SSE

Last year: 128
Construction and property, Engineering, IT and technology
down
161

Travis Perkins

162

Mencap

Last year: 146
down
163

Frontline

164

Alfa

Last year: 189
up
165

Procter & Gamble (P&G)

Last year: 157
down
166

Burger King

Last year: 183
up
167

Mayer Brown LLP

Last year: 134
down
168

HS2

169

Baker McKenzie LLP

Last year: 130
down
170

Co-operative Bank

Last year: 144
down
171

Laing O’Rourke

Last year: 121
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering, Science
down
172

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Last year: 175
up
173

Thales

Last year: 164
Engineering, IT and technology
down
174

DLA Piper LLP

Last year: 174
same
175

Fujitsu

Last year: 170
down
176

Toyota

Last year: 85
down
177

Womble Bond Dickinson

Last year: 132
down
178

BlackRock

Last year: 165
down
179

InterContinental Hotels Group

180

Direct Line

181

Norton Rose Fulbright

Last year: 179
down
182

Mondelez International

Last year: 195
up
183

Smith & Williamson

Last year: 82
Finance
down
184

Leonardo

Last year: 162
down
185

Arvato

186

WPP

187

AXA

Last year: 141
down
188

Mercer

Last year: 191
up
189

Morrisons Plc

Last year: 114
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
down
190

Wates

Construction and property, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying
191

Hargreaves Lansdown

192

Scottish Power

Last year: 126
down
193

Kier Group

Last year: 150
down
194

Thames Water

Last year: 196
Engineering, Science
up
195

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Last year: 184
down
196

Iceland

Last year: 113
down
197

Close Brothers

Last year: 143
Business, Finance, Banking
down
198

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

199

Bain & Company

Last year: 187
down
200

McKinsey & Company

Last year: 190
down


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