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Professional services firm PwC have been voted ‘graduate employer of the year’ in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards. The business has now won the award for an unprecedented 9th year, and was also awarded the industry award for accounting for its 15th year running.
The awards, now in their 15th year, recognise and celebrate outstanding efforts by business to recruit university graduates. Voting for the awards is conducted face to face with around 17,000 final year university students from the top 30 universities in the UK, so the awards are a great indicator of the firms leading the way in the graduate jobs market.
Martin Birchall of High Fliers, the group behind the event explained the process for deciding the awards:
‘For the “Graduate Employer of the Year 2012” award, all 17,737 final year students were asked the open-ended question, “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”. Again, finalists weren’t shown a list of employers to select from and their answers were not prompted in any way.
Speaking about the firm’s success, head of people at PwC Gaenor Bagley said: “Being voted top again is a fantastic achievement but we don’t underestimate the competition in our fight for the best graduates.
We invest £15m a year in providing the best training and career opportunities, nurturing talent and developing the next generation of business leaders. We continually strive to provide the best graduate experience and believe it’s the quality of our offering that sets us apart.”
Other firms that earned plaudits this year include The BBC (media), IBM (IT), Goldman Sachs (investment banking) and Accenture (consulting), that all receiving awards in their respective industries for 15 consecutive years showing they remain consistently clear favourites for graduates. Meanwhile the John Lewis Partnership received awards for retail and sales, the only employer to achieve awards in two industries.
Network Rail (transport and logistics) and Unilever (marketing) received accolades for the first time in the award’s history. Speaking about the firm’s success, Tim Munden of Unilever said: "We are exceptionally proud to be named the Marketing Graduate Employer of Choice in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards.
‘We believe our graduate programme offers an unrivalled opportunity for graduates looking for real responsibility from day one, and the representation of former graduates on our leadership team is proof of its success in finding our business leaders of the future."
High Fliers also recognised the NHS (human resources), Savills (property), Oxfam (charity and volunteering), Teachfirst (public sector), GlaxoSmithKline (research & development), Rolls-Royce (engineering), Allen & Overy (law) and Aldi (general management) as leaders in their fields.
For the full list of top graduate employers see: http://www.top100graduateemployers.com