Top graduate employers 2018

top graduate employers

When it comes to graduate jobs, it’s all about finding your perfect match.

Whether you’re looking for a graduate schemework experience positions, or just an entry-level role to help get you started, finding your dream job after graduating isn’t always easy. Luckily, there are a number of employers who are looking to fill graduate jobs right now – in almost every sector.

We’ve already covered what graduate employers really want, but here are some of the top graduate employers hiring with right now:



Category: Healthcare

What they do – The National Health Service (NHS) provides a wide range of free health services to people in the UK. With 1.2 million employees across the country, they’re one of the largest employers in the world.

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – They’re hiring in a wide range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals and nursing, to dentistry, paediatrics, and much more.

What they plan in the future – The NHS are always looking to improve the services they’re able to provide to patients, with £126 billion being put towards increasing funding for emergency & urgent care and elective surgery in 2018/19.

Why you should work for them – The NHS provide a variety of attractive benefits to their staff, from discounted travel tickets and childcare vouchers, to a generous pension scheme and reductions on holidays, products, entertainment, and more.

Honourable mentions: Care UK, Cygnet.

Jobs with NHS



Category: Tech

What they do – Dell is a multinational computer company that sells and repairs computers, servers, data storage devices, software, and more. They have over 2,500 employees in offices all over the UK – working on everything from sales and marketing through to finance and law.

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – They’re recruiting for graduates to fill roles in account management, sales and marketing. They’re also looking for candidates for internships in account support intelligence.

What they plan in the future –  Dell are committed to enforcing sustainable and social initiatives, and pledge to not only reduce the energy intensity of their products by 80%, but also to only use 100% recyclable packaging by 2020.

Why you should work for them – Passionate about graduate recruitment, Dell provide an excellent level of training and growth to new recruits – in the form of a well-structured graduate programme. They also plan to make 25% of their external hires graduates by 2020.

Honourable mentions: O2, Apple.

Jobs with Dell



Category: Accounting/finance

What they do – One of the ‘Big Four’ professional service firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have over 236,000 employees in 158 countries. They offer quality in assurance, tax and advisory services to organisations worldwide.  

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – Primarily, they’re looking for graduates to fill roles as Account Executives and Business Analysts, in various areas of country.  

What they plan in the future – PwC are creating 80 places per year on an innovative technology degree apprenticeship programme, which helps to give students from all backgrounds the knowledge and skills needed to kick start a career in technology.

Why you should work for them – Back in 2015, PwC scrapped minimum A level grades for 90% of its roles, in a bid to open up more opportunities for candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. They’re also passionate about widening their range geographically, with 55% of graduate hires being from outside of London last year.

Honourable mentions: Zurich, Deloitte.

Jobs with PwC



Category: Retail/FMCG 

What they do – Lidl is a supermarket chain which operates over 10,000 stores across Europe. They have over 650 UK based stores with roughly 20,000 employees, and take pride in their ability to provide customers with great quality products at low prices.

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – Roles on offer include everything from positions in customer service, store management, and merchandising, to jobs in admin, consultancy, and buying.

What they plan in the future – Aside from excellent graduate schemes boasting generous salaries and employee benefits, Lidl also plan to open up to 800 new stores in the long term, rapidly increasing the number of jobs available.

Why you should work for them – They’ve been named a top graduate employer in The Times Top 100 and by The Guardian – and it’s not hard to figure out why. Aside from promoting a range of sporting events and clubs, they also hold family fun days over the summer, which involve everything from bouncy castles and rock climbing walls to face painting, crazy golf, and arts and crafts.

Honourable mentions: Aldi, Matalan.

Jobs with Lidl


Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Category: Business Management

What they do – Enterprise Rent-A-Car is part of the largest transportation solutions provider in the world, operating in more than 30 countries with over 8000 locations. They offer local and airport rentals, along with car sharing, executive car and van hire, and specialist vehicle business solutions.

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – They’re looking to fill a range of graduate management trainee roles based in various areas of the country.

What they plan in the future – Enterprise Rent-A-Car are committed to giving graduates a wide range of opportunities. In fact, they plan to employ 800 graduates a year from over 100 universities

Why you should work for them In addition to being voted as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women this year, they’ve also won a number of other awards – from UK Social Mobility in 2017, to Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in 2017/18.

Honourable mentions: Tui, NPOWER.

Jobs with Enterprise Rent-A-Car


HM Prison & Probation Service

Category: Other

What they do – HM Prison & Probation Service is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. It’s responsible for the correctional services in England and Wales, and manages public sector prisons, probation, and youth custody services.

Who they’re hiring in 2018 – They’re looking for Prison and Probation Officers to work in areas all over the country.

What they plan in the future – HMPPS are recruiting an extra 2500 officers in 2018, to ensure each offender has their own dedicated officer to prepare them for life after prison.

Why you should work for them – HM Prison & Probation Service plan to focus on improving decency and safety, reducing criminal activity, and rewarding good behaviour in 2018/19, introducing new prison group structures that are designed provide specialist support and guidance to governors.

Jobs with HM Prison & Probation Service

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