Employer research resources

See Find out about employers for information about employer data in MyFuture and more suggestions of where to research employers.

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Applegate directory
Directory of UK industry, manufacturing and technology companies.
Gradaustralia has produced this directory of the most sought-after graduate employers based on a survey of Australian university students.
Bath Connection Networking platform for Bath students and graduates. Allows you to contact our Alumni Experts who are willing to talk about their employer, what's involved in their job and also equal opportunities issues.
Profiles on over 300 leading graduate employers, including insights from industry leaders and recent graduates. 
Careers video library containing information on industries, job roles, employers and tips and advice on career choice, job search and selection topics.
Charity choice UK Charities and voluntary sector shelves
Commercial awareness Skills shelves
Companies House
Free access to basic information on UK registered companies.
Company, financial & legal information
Resources made available by the University Library. Useful for researching employers, industries and countries. Includes:
  • Passport - with company and country profiles and reports on consumer and service markets
  • Nexis UK - profiles of global and UK companies, newspapers (including the Financial Times) and trade press
  • OSIRIS - in-depth financial reports on companies worldwide.
Complete university guide - top graduate employers
Lists of employers ranked by number of graduate-level posts. You can also view the data by region.
Employer and job role research (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 27 kb
Skills file 1: application forms;
Skills file 3: interviews
Environment 2012 (Bath only) Guide to the work carried out by environmental and environmentally related organisations in the UK and overseas.
Entrypark international career book: business Working abroad shelves;
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Entrypark international career book: science, tech & engineering Working abroad shelves;
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European business news and resources. Contains Europages European business directory.
Company reviews, interview reviews and salary data, submitted by employees and interview candidates.
Gradcracker: toolkit Employer shelves;
Careers guide for science, engineering and technology students. Includes employer profiles by sector.
Grad diary
Includes an A-Z of banking, accountancy, finance, law and consultancy firms and 'insider interviews' written by students and graduates who have worked within these organisations.
Graduate market in 2015: annual review of graduate
vacancies & starting salaries at Britain's leading employers
Salary and labour market information file;
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Graduate market trends Salary and labour market information file;
Available online at
Guardian UK 300 Employer shelves;
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How to avoid job fraud (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 33 KB
How to choose an ethical employer Occupational files R6;
Also available online as a PDF file
Ireland's 100 leading graduate employers Working abroad shelves;
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Companion site for the printed directories. Searchable by country/global region, product/service, company name, trade name and executive name. The most detailed information is only available to subscribers.
For law students and non-law students planning to join the profession. Register for email newsletter LC.N Weekly.
Includes LC.N Insight which presents comparative information about law firms.
Malaysia's 100 leading graduate employers
Conduct an annual survey to determine Malaysia's 100 most popular graduate employers.
Prospects Student Career Guide Employer shelves. Contains job sector profiles. Also see online version.
Singapore's 100 leading graduate employers
Conduct an annual survey to determine Singapore's 100 most popular graduate employers.
Stonewall workplace equality index: the top 100 employers for gay people in Britain
Results of surveys from recent years are available to download from this page;
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Student's guide to the top undergraduate employers Work experience shelves;
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TARGETjobs Inside Buzz
Company profiles based on surveys sent to their employees. employer hubs
Independent reviews of graduate employers. Includes an overview of the company, opportunities available and application tips. Also includes In the news section pulling together headlines about the company - useful for building commercial awareness.
The Gateway online
Employer, sector and market news, plus insights into occupations predominantly in finance. You can also often pick up a copy of The Gateway from the Careers Service .
Career and employer information including reviews written by employees.
See also TheJobCrowd: top companies for graduates to work for on the Employer shelves and online at
Searchable database of industrial companies in the USA
Times top 100 graduate employers Employer shelves;
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Top Employers Institute
Certify organisations that have demonstrated a forward-thinking Human Resources environment that is continuously working to optimise its employee conditions and leading the way in the development of its people.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available
Workplace culture & etiquette: a guide for students (Careers Service publication) PDF file - 60 kb
Subject & title Location & notes
Business west
Membership directory can be used to research local employers.
University of Bath careers guide Skills file 10: career choice and development;
Digital version available
West of England local enterprise partnership
Running the Graduate Talent initiative involving Bath Spa University, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. Encouraging local businesses to recognise the talent of graduates and offer summer interships and graduate jobs.
Western Daily Press business guide 2015
Includes list of the region's top 150 businesses.

For more information on the south west and other regions in Britain please see jobhunting by UK region.

Subject & title Location & notes
Association of independent professionals and the self employed
Offer a Guide to freelancing, free to download.
Bath Entrepreneurs
University of Bath entrepreneurs club.
Big opportunities in small businesses: graduates in SMEs Streamed video online (campus only)
British Chambers of Commerce
Central site for British Chambers of Commerce, with links to local chambers.
Business west
Delivers Business Link services in this region. Join to receive a wide range of member benefits including access to networks and training.
Company bug
Site for budding entrepreneurs. Has useful definitions of types of businesses.

Contractor Calculator

Site with guides about contracting and freelance work. Includes some financial calculators and a graduate guide to contracting.
Online IT contracting community with information and news for contractors, including information specifically for graduates.
Entrepreneur Handbook
Resource and information website for entrepreneurs thinking of starting or running a business.
Federation of Small Businesses
Members' organisation. Site includes a directory of local committees.
Franchise direct
Directory of franchise opportunities.
Sign up online and search for freelance projects that match your skills.
Information and advice to help you start, run and grow a business. An excellent first port of call. There is a large amount of online information, or call 0845 600 9006 for information and advice over the phone.
Guide on how to start up a small business
Draws together various resources from the web.
HM Revenue & Customs
Information on the regulatory side of setting up in business - what paperwork you need, and by when. You can also arrange a free workshop for practical advice on tax matters.
How to set up a freelance writing business With occupational files Y
A website to gain funding for your projects, ideas and events.
An e-learning resource from the University of Warwick aimed at students wanting to develop innovation skills and looking to start or develop their own business.
Is my business idea viable?
This article provides a good starting point for assessing whether your business idea might work in practice.
Lloyds bank business help
A range of downloadable guides to starting and managing a business.
NACUE (National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs)
Represent and support the growth of young entrepreneurs and enterprise societies.
NCEE (National Council for Entrepreneurship in Education
Organisation that promotes enterprise in education. Has relevant news items and articles, and run seminars on enterprise and business start-up.
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts: provides funding for early-stage companies.
Old school vs. new school
New web platform aiming to support young entrepreneurship.
Prince's Trust
Programmes include the Enterprise Programme, which helps young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.
Prospects: self-employment
Tips on qualities needed for self-employment, how to set up in business and write a business plan
Rebuilding your life after redundancy: the new life network handbook Skills shelves
Self-employment (AGCAS special interest series) Occupational files R6;
Self employment and small businesses file;
PDF file - 235 kb
Sector Skills Council for the science, engineering and manufacturing technologies industries.
Site includes graduate opportunities, some of which are with SMEs.
SETsquared Partnership
Contains information on student enterprise and runs the Student Enterprise Awards.
Setting up a social enterprise
Information from GOV.UK on which business structure you should choose if you’re starting a business that helps people or communities.
Shell LiveWIRE
A comprehensive website aimed at potential entrepreneurs aged 16-30. Register to receive a free 'essential business kit' tailored to your specific business idea, including contact details for a local coordinator.
Smaller businesses – a positive career choice for graduates?
 The views, opinions and suggestions of undergraduates and small business owners
Social Enterprise UK
The national body for social enterprise, representing members to support and help grow the social enterprise movement.
Social enterprise works
Expert guidance, support and training to help your social enterprise grow, develop and succeed.
Start up & run your own business: the essential guide
to planning, funding and growing your new enterprise
Employer shelves
Start up donut
Free advice, tools and resources for starting a new business.
Start your own business Employer shelves
Start-up of you Employer shelves
Website for those interested in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Aims to help people to connect and collaborate.
Starting your own business Employer shelves
Startup kit: everything you need to start a small business Employer shelves
Step: nurturing talent
Project-based work placements for students and graduates. Summer placements for undergraduates generally take place in small businesses.
UK Intellectual Property Office
Official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom (UK). Includes information about copyright, designs, patents and trade marks.
UK Trade & Investment
Government service aimed at helping British companies to export and overseas businesses to set up or expand in the UK. Includes information on sectors and markets. Students visiting the information centre in London should take their student ID cards.
Ultimate guide to setting up as a freelancer at uni

Guide produced by Talent Cupboard.
University of Kent Careers and Employability Service: self-employment
Extensive advice and links, including a self-employment planning checklist.
What do researchers do? Career profiles of doctoral entrepreneurs Skills shelves;
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