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: 1
same
2

BBC

Last year: 2
same
3

Warner Bros

4

Google

Last year: 3
down
5

MI6 – Secret Intelligence Service

Last year: 6
up
6

ITV

Last year: 4
down
7

Police

Last year: 10
up
8

Apple

Last year: 5
down
9

MI5 - The Security Service

Last year: 16
up
10

Teach First

Last year: 11
up
11

Microsoft

Last year: 8
down
12

Civil Service Fast Stream

Last year: 17
Business, Public sector and charity
up
13

The Army

Last year: 27
Engineering, IT and technology, Public sector and charity, Armed forces
up
14

Rolls Royce plc

Last year: 35
Engineering
up
15

GlaxoSmithKline

Last year: 13
down
16

Sky

Last year: 9
Marketing, IT and technology, Media
down
17

HM Revenue and Customs

Last year: 19
up
18

Barclays

Last year: 12
down
19

The Royal Air Force

Last year: 25
up
20

Channel 4

Last year: 7
down
21

Jaguar Land Rover

Last year: 20
Engineering, Finance
down
22

Ubisoft

Last year: 15
down
23

British Airways

Last year: 22
down
24

BAE Systems

Last year: 21
Business, Engineering
down
25

Cancer Research UK

Last year: 26
up
26

Mercedes-Benz

Last year: 33
up
27

J.P. Morgan

Last year: 31
up
28

AstraZeneca

Last year: 32
Business, HR, Medicine and healthcare, Engineering, Finance, IT and technology, Science
up
29

The Royal Navy

Last year: 44
up
30

Amazon

Last year: 45
up
31

Heathrow Academy

Last year: 48
up
32

Samsung

Last year: 34
up
33

Airbus

Last year: 29
Engineering, Finance
down
34

KPMG

Last year: 18
Management consulting, Finance, IT and technology
down
35

BMW Group

Last year: 30
down
36

Goldman Sachs

Last year: 37
Finance, Investment management, Banking, IT and technology
up
37

TUI UK

Last year: 62
Business, Hospitality and travel
up
38

Bentley

Last year: 54
up
39

Deloitte

Last year: 38
Finance, Investment management, Banking, Accountancy
down
40

Local Government – NGDP

Last year: 41
up
41

Amnesty International

Last year: 23
down
42

Hilton Worldwide

Last year: 55
up
43

PwC

Last year: 39
Business, HR, Management consulting, Marketing, Finance, Investment management, Insurance and actuarial, Banking, Accountancy, IT and technology
down
44

HSBC Bank Plc

Last year: 36
Finance, Investment management, Banking
down
45

Penguin Random House

Last year: 24
down
46

Dyson

Last year: 28
down
47

Virgin Media

Last year: 51
IT and technology
up
48

Oxfam

Last year: 40
down
49

Sony

Last year: 43
down
50

Lloyd’s

Last year: 60
Finance
up
51

Lloyds Banking Group

Last year: 46
Finance
down
52

Adidas group

Last year: 61
up
53

Santander

Last year: 81
Banking
up
54

L'Oreal

Last year: 87
up
55

Aston Martin

Last year: 14
down
56

Pfizer

Last year: 58
up
57

Intel

Last year: 49
down
58

EY

Last year: 57
Business, Management consulting, Finance, Banking, Accountancy
down
59

Environment Agency

Last year: 63
up
60

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd

Last year: 50
down
61

Arcadia Group

Last year: 152
Retail, buying and fashion
up
62

Harrods

Last year: 47
down
63

Bank of England

Last year: 71
Finance, Banking, Public sector and charity
up
64

Merlin Entertainments plc

Last year: 77
up
65

GCHQ

Last year: 65
same
66

Boots

Last year: 53
Business, HR, Marketing, Engineering, Finance
down
67

Starbucks

Last year: 67
same
68

Debenhams

Last year: 56
down
69

Travelodge

Last year: 95
up
70

British Council

Last year: 73
up
71

John Lewis Partnership

Last year: 42
down
72

IBM

Last year: 66
Business, IT and technology
down
73

Roche

Last year: 125
up
74

Volkswagen Group UK

Last year: 52
down
75

Financial Conduct Authority

Last year: 94
Finance
up
76

Visa

Last year: 98
up
77

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

Last year: 122
Business, Hospitality and travel, Retail, buying and fashion
up
78

Irwin Mitchell

Last year: 84
Law
up
79

National Audit Office

Last year: 64
Finance, Accountancy, Public sector and charity, Central and local government
down
80

Clifford Chance

Last year: 90
Law
up
81

Nationwide

Last year: 47
down
82

DSTL

Last year: 126
Engineering, Public sector and charity, Science
up
83

Marks & Spencer

Last year: 76
Retail, buying and fashion
down
84

Whitbread Group

Last year: 91
up
85

Deutsche Bank

Last year: 86
up
86

Slaughter and May

Last year: 83
down
87

Next

Last year: 82
down
88

Ford

Last year: 96
Engineering
up
89

American Express

Last year: 69
down
90

Allen & Overy LLP

Last year: 70
Law
down
91

Coca Cola European Partners

Last year: 89
down
92

Linklaters LLP

Last year: 148
up
93

Network Rail

Last year: 99
Construction and property, Insurance and actuarial
up
94

Tesco

Last year: 88
Retail, buying and fashion
down
95

Siemens

Last year: 75
down
96

Morgan Stanley

Last year: 78
down
97

Nissan

Last year: 109
up
98

Marriott International

Last year: 120
up
99

National Grid

Last year: 72
Engineering
down
100

Unilever

Last year: 119
Business, Sales, Marketing, Engineering, IT and technology, Science
up
101

Transport for London

Last year: 97
Engineering
down
102

CGI

Last year: 102
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
same
103

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Last year: 100
down
104

Facebook

Last year: 80
down
105

Sainsbury's

Last year: 93
down
106

BT

Last year: 85
IT and technology
down
107

Abercrombie & Fitch

Last year: 59
down
108

Bank of America

Last year: 103
Finance, Investment management, IT and technology
down
109

EE

Last year: 106
IT and technology, Retail, buying and fashion
down
110

Reckitt Benckiser

Last year: 158
up
111

Accenture

Last year: 79
Business, IT and technology
down
112

Nestlé

Last year: 92
down
113

Cisco

Last year: 105
down
114

Arup

Last year: 137
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Engineering
up
116

Aviva

Last year: 143
Finance
up
117

RSM

Last year: 149
Business, Finance, Accountancy
up
118

Balfour Beatty

Last year: 104
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering
down
119

Asda

Last year: 118
down
120

Fidelity International

Finance
121

Bloomberg

Last year: 111
down
122

Bosch

Last year: 157
up
123

Citi

Last year: 136
up
124

Aldi

Last year: 128
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
up
125

Kennedys

Last year: 121
down
126

Shell

Last year: 117
down
127

Grant Thornton

Last year: 101
Finance
down
128

Co-operative Bank

Last year: 170
up
129

WSP

Last year: 153
Engineering
up
130

Mars

Last year: 150
up
131

Travis Perkins

Last year: 161
up
132

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Last year: 147
up
133

Pinsent Masons

Last year: 141
up
134

DLA Piper LLP

Last year: 174
up
135

Kier Group

Last year: 193
up
136

Co-operative Group Ltd

Last year: 144
up
137

Burger King

Last year: 166
up
138

Ashfords

Last year: 132
down
139

Royal Mail Group plc

140

HS2

Last year: 168
up
141

Allianz

Last year: 110
down
142

Lidl

Last year: 156
up
143

BP

Last year: 116
Engineering, IT and technology, Science
down
144

Capgemini

Last year: 138
Business, Management consulting, IT and technology
down
145

UBS

Last year: 168
up
146

Mott MacDonald

Last year: 135
down
147

HP

Last year: 115
down
148

TJX Europe

Last year: 113
Retail, buying and fashion
down
149

Capital One

Last year: 155
up
150

AECOM

Last year: 129
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying, Engineering
down
151

Dentons

Last year: 133
down
152

Osborne Clarke

153

InterContinental Hotels Group

Last year: 179
up
154

Great Western Railway

Last year: 134
down
155

EDF Energy

Last year: 112
down
156

Burges Salmon

157

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Last year: 172
up
158

ARM

Last year: 124
down
159

Reed Smith

Last year: 107
down
160

Greene King

161

Morrisons Plc

Last year: 189
Business, Retail, buying and fashion
up
162

Baker McKenzie LLP

Last year: 169
up
163

Credit Suisse

Last year: 140
Business, Finance, Banking
down
164

Barratt Developments

Last year: 159
down
165

BlackRock

Last year: 178
up
166

Womble Bond Dickinson

Last year: 177
up
167

UK Power Networks

Engineering
168

Fujitsu

Last year: 175
up
169

Bird & Bird

Last year: 131
down
170

BDO LLP

Last year: 127
Business, Finance, Accountancy
down
171

Charles Russell Speechlys

172

Thales

Last year: 173
Engineering, IT and technology
up
173

O2 (Telefonica Group)

Last year: 114
down
174

Alfa

Last year: 164
down
175

Mazars

Finance, Accountancy
176

SSE

Last year: 160
Construction and property, Engineering, IT and technology
down
177

Frontline

Last year: 163
down
178

Thames Water

Last year: 194
Engineering, Science
up
179

Atkins

Last year: 145
Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Surveying, Engineering
down
180

AXA

Last year: 187
up
181

Ashurst

182

3M UK

183

Shoosmiths

184

Mencap

Last year: 162
down
185

Moore Stephens

Accountancy
186

M&G Investments

Last year: 151
down
187

RPC

Law
188

Skanska

Engineering
189

PA Consulting Group

190

BAM

Last year: 123
Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering
down
191

Laing O’Rourke

Last year: 171
Construction and property, Civil and structural engineering, Construction and building services engineering, Engineering, Science
down
192

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Last year: 198
up
193

Jacobs

194

Vodafone

Last year: 139
Business, IT and technology
down
195

Leonardo

Last year: 184
down
196

Hogan Lovells

Last year: 154
down
197

Hargreaves Lansdown

Last year: 191
down
198

Taylor Wessing

199

Yorkshire Building Society (YBS Group)

200


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