Bath targeted by graduate employers

We are very pleased to announce that Bath has been named as one of the ten universities most often targeted by Britain’s top graduate employers in 2016 - 2017.

The research findings were published last week in The Graduate Market in 2017, an annual study of graduate vacancies & starting salaries at Britain’s 100 leading employers.

Tracey Wells, Head of our Careers Service, said: "We are delighted to remain in the Top Ten of universities most targeted by employers. It’s a great reflection on the quality of our students and graduates that these top employers want to actively recruit from the University of Bath."

Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), said: “The result of this latest study is excellent news for the University and our students, and reinforces our well-established reputation for excellence in employability.

"It confirms the results of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 that ranked us seventh nationally for graduate prospects, and highlighted how 85.4% of our students secure employment, or pursue further study, within six months of graduating.

“It is also just recognition of the ongoing commitment and efforts of our staff working to support our students and their future prospects in a wide range of areas, including careers, placements, curriculum design and skills development.  My thanks and congratulations to you all on this great achievement.”

The other universities in the top ten list are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Warwick.

Graduate recruitment to increase in 2017

The report also reveals the good news that despite the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, Britain’s top employers are expecting to expand their graduate recruitment by a further 4.3% in 2017, for the fifth year running.

The biggest growth in vacancies is expected at public sector organisations and high street & online retailers, which together intend to recruit over 1,200 extra graduates in 2017.

Graduate starting salaries at the UK’s leading graduate employers are expected to remain unchanged in 2017, at a median starting salary of £30,000.

Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research who conducted the research, commented: "With a record 400,000 new UK graduates due to leave university this summer, it’s very welcome news that Britain’s top employers have increased the number of graduate vacancies on offer for the ‘Class of 2017’.

"It’s clear from our latest research that the country’s best-known employers are continuing to invest heavily in their future workforce by recruiting more graduates than ever for their organisations."

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: "The fact that our country’s top employers are offering more graduate jobs is a clear sign that the UK’s higher education sector continues to be an excellent option for people looking to secure a rewarding career."

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