The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers was produced for the first time in 1999 and is now the most widely-read graduate career directory at the UK's leading universities.
The new 2016-2017 edition of the Top 100 has been researched through face-to-face interviews with 18,353 final year students who graduated in the summer of 2016, conducted on-campus by High Fliers Research.
Finalists were asked the open-ended question "Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?" and together named over 1,500 organisations within the research. The one hundred employers with the most votes form The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2016.
Students used a variety of different criteria to identify the organisations that they believed offered the best opportunities for new graduates – some focussed on the quality of training & development on offer or were impressed by generous starting salaries, whilst others were influenced by the level of vacancies available for university-leavers, or employers’ business performance.
For an unrivalled thirteenth year running, the accounting & professional services firm PwC has now been voted the country's number one graduate employer. Discount retailer Aldi, remains in 2nd place in the rankings, ahead of Teach First, the Civil Service, and Google.
The Top 100 for 2016 has seven employers that are new or re-entries – Santander, telecoms company Virgin Media, the RAF, law firm Irwin Mitchell, property firm Savills, investment company Standard Life, and car manufacturer BMW – and the highest climbers in this year’s rankings are led by the Bank of England, Amazon and AstraZeneca.