8 top graduate employers hiring right now

Lara Billington
Content Marketing Executive

Aiming for the top?

These 8 employers are all featured within The Guardian UK 300 for 2019/20, which ranks employers by the attractiveness of their graduate opportunities to students.

If joining one of the most popular graduate employers in the UK appeals to you, don't let the opportunities below slip by.


1. EY - Assurance Graduate Programme

  • Where: Nationwide
  • Salary: Competitive
  • When to apply: ASAP


EY are one of the leading Professional Services firms in the world, so it's no surprise that they're also a top graduate employer. Kick-start your career with them on this Assurance Graduate Programme and with help from their in-house experts, they'll help you build your future. Plus, by the time the programme ends you'll have a chartered accountancy qualification under your belt too.



No day is the same when your job is to keep our country safe. When you join Police Now you'll enter a thorough training programme that'll equip you with the skills and expertise required of a Police Officer and receive close support from your allocated Leadership Development Officer. Ready to lead the change in your community? 



Join this Big Four firm in one of their 20 UK office locations and you'll benefit from a market-leading salary, benefits, a professional qualification and endless opportunities to learn and progress. On this programme you'll help some of the most fascinating and influential organisations in the world make the most important decisions affecting their businesses.



Another Big Four firm, PwC employs almost 18,000 people across the UK. On this graduate programme you'll keep hackers out by ethically hacking into computer systems, websites and mobile applications, and advise clients on how to stay secure. You don't need to have any previous experience or even a technology-related degree to apply.



The future of law is at Herbert Smith Freehills, and they're committed to ensuring that every student gets an equal opportunity to forge a career in the industry. On this Roger Leyland Scholarship for ethnic minorities you'll receive £9,000, have two weeks' paid summer work experience, a guaranteed interview for their vacation scheme and you're own personal mentor. Who could say no? 



Given that J.P. Morgan work with some of the world's largest companies in over 100 countries, it makes sense that they're on the top employers list. Join one of their five internship programmes and you'll work alongside industry experts in an environment designed so that you can constantly learn, develop and reach your full potential. Don't miss this amazing opportunity. 



The reason Teach First is ranked in The Guardian UK 300 is because they trust you with real responsibility from your very first day. On this programme you'll learn through doing, picking up knowledge and skills while you teach. There are few jobs that have such a direct impact on another person's life than teaching, so don't let this opportunity pass you by. 



As well as being a top graduate employer, BDO are a major global player in the advisory services industry, so you can guarantee that entering a Graduate Programme here will set you on a path to success. As well a developing specialist knowledge and skills throughout the programme, you'll also obtain your Level 7 Accountancy/Taxation Professional Apprenticeship.