Finishing university is daunting. After three or more years of long summer breaks, irresponsible mid-week drinking and of course, studying, reality and the real world beckons. And each year, thousands of graduates ready themselves for their next big step – which for many is their first career job.
It’s exciting as it is scary. And if the stats are anything to go by, it’s not getting any easier to land that dream job at the first time of asking. After four years of successive growth in graduate jobs, the number of jobs out there for new grads has fallen by 8%, according to research from The AGR – The Association of Graduate Recruiters.
In short, there are more graduates than ever before, contributing to an overcrowded and fiercely competitive jobs market. Needless to say, it’s become even more important for uni leavers to choose their next move wisely – and that goes for ways to work, industry, job and of course, employer.
So whether you’re stepping into the world of work as a freelancer or contractor, or, looking to climb the career ladder as an employee, check out the top 10 hiring graduate employers in the UK for 2016 - taken from The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.
10. The BBC
From journalists and media staff to programmers and developers, The BBC has a workforce of more than 18,000 people - freelance and permanent.
Top financial services company KPMG, hired over 1000 graduates last year - from contractor accountants, to freelance marketeers.
08. Ernst & Young
Whether it's freelance or perm, EY is a regular on the list of top employers, and focuses on including, developing and engaging anyone who works with them.
Last year The NHS planned to spend £1bn on stand-in and temporary staff. So for graduates and locum doctors and nurses, the UK's healthcare service is a realistic option.
Global consultancy Deloitte hired 1200 UK graduates last year, and has built a network for freelancers and contractors to chat and get hired. Check out Deloitte Open Talent, here.
05. Civil Service
More than 900 graduates were hired by the government last year, with average starting salaries ranging between £25,000 and £27,000.
04. Teach First
Public Sector body, Teach First recruits graduates interested in teaching with open arms. From self-employed supply teachers, to full-time employees, they placed 1860 graduates in their UK partner school last year.
With flexible working opportunities for every freelancer and employee, the US giant has over 2,300 UK staff - plus brand-spanking new and quirky London headquarters.
Cementing its growing reputation as a great company to work for, Aldi offers graduates starting salaries of £42,000. You can only imagine that freelancers and contractors are paid just as well.
Top professional services company PWC, hired around 1500 graduates in 2015 with the added bonus of super-competitive starting salaries.
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