Students rate the UK’s Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

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Barclays bounces back to reclaim top spot in annual ranking from RateMyPlacement.co.uk. Top ten dominated by financial services firms.

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Students rate the UK’s Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

Ollie Sidwell, Co-founder at RateMyPlacement.co.uk commented: “In today’s highly competitive jobs market it is essential for students to showcase practical experience in their desired field in addition to their university learnings."

The top 100 undergraduate employers in the UK have today been announced by RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

Using over 7,000 student reviews throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the table ranks organisations that recruit over 15 students a year on placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights; and have at least 15 reviews on the website.

This year sees banking and financial giant, Barclays, regain its top spot of 2012 after professional services firm, Grant Thornton, moved up to first place last year. As favourites this year, Barclays received reviews averaging 8.8 out of 10, with criteria including: amount of responsibility given, whether they felt valued by colleagues, impressions of the company overall, training and development opportunities, and transferable skills gained.

Jane Clark, Global Head of Early Careers Recruitment said, “Barclays strive to create rewarding work experiences for both internship and placement students to help them develop their careers to their full potential. We are thrilled that the investment we have made into our programmes has once again been recognised within the industry as one of the best. Being rated top by the students themselves is also a great honour for us”.

Barclays’ leading position is reflective of a general trend this year that has seen the top 10 dominated by financial firms, in contrast to 2013, which witnessed tech firms such as Microsoft and Intel rise through the ranks.

A number of major organisations also made the cut for the first time, including Goldman Sachs – which remarkably went straight into the top 10 (8).

Other notable new entries include retailers Tesco (48), the John Lewis Partnership (55) and Lidl (60), as well as international real estate firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (33).

Ollie Sidwell, Co-founder at RateMyPlacement.co.uk commented: “In today’s highly competitive jobs market it is essential for students to showcase practical experience in their desired field in addition to their university learnings. Choosing the right undergraduate employment can heavily influence future career choices and our top 100 list should really help students make the best decisions for them – as well as providing a key platform to attract promising students to the top employers.

“It’s great to see once again a wide range of sectors featured in our table; spanning financial services, law, technology, engineering, retail and FMCG brands, to name but a few. This opens up fantastic opportunities for students – wherever their aspirations lie – and we hope that pitching them all in together will encourage companies to continually raise the bar.”

For the full 100 please visit http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/top-employers.

This year’s top ten, compared to each company’s position last year:
1: Barclays 7 (+6)
2: Bank of America Merrill Lynch 31(+29)
3: EY 5 (+2)
4: Morgan Stanley 15 (+11)
5: PwC 4 (-1)
6: Credit Suisse 17 (+11)
7: Pinsent Masons 6 (-1)
8: Goldman Sachs --
9: Nabarro 21 (+12)
10: J.P. Morgan 28 (+18)

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Notes to editors
The reviews that form the basis of the Top 100 ranking encourage students to rate their experience constructively based on 15 questions covering: amount of responsibility given, whether they felt valued by colleagues, impressions of the company overall, training and development opportunities, and transferable skills gained.

Additional factors are also taken into account in order to give a well-rounded picture of the work culture at that company. These include opportunities to socialise with others, the cost of living in the area and company locations.

30,000 reviews from 2,000 companies feature on RateMyPlacement.co.uk. Those qualifying for entry into the ‘Top 100 Undergraduate Employers 2014-2015’ table must employ over 250 people and have a minimum of 15 reviews from the 2013-14 placement year.

About RateMyPlacement
RateMyPlacement.co.uk was founded in 2007 by three university students who were unable to find a trusted source of information to help them research placement and internship opportunities. Today RateMyPlacement.co.uk receives over 2 million student visitors each year and is home to over 30,000 student reviews, each one rating and ranking undergraduate work experiences across placements, internships, vacation schemes and insights at over 2,000 UK companies, allowing students to make better informed decisions when choosing which companies to apply to.

Through online, offline and on-campus products and services, RMP allows clients to engage with, attract and recruit career conscious students. Its flagship product RateMyPlacement.co.uk is part of a growing portfolio consisting of; the annual ‘Top Undergraduate Employers’ publication and Top 100

Undergraduate Employers table, the National Undergraduate Employability Awards and On-Campus Promotions, which helps employers deliver recruitment and marketing campaigns to students. The award-winning young entrepreneurs were named London winners of Barclays ‘Take One Small Step’ competition in 2011 and have a team of 35 graduates and placement students themselves.

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