Manchester remains the favourite university of UK’s top employers

The University of Manchester has retained its position as the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 recruiters, according to a report compiled by High Fliers Research.

The Graduate Market in 2023 report is the largest and most authoritative annual careers survey of final year students at the UK’s thirty leading universities.

Featuring in the top spot for two years running, The University of Manchester was praised for attracting the most top graduate employers for its range of university careers fairs, on-campus employer presentations, university-specific virtual events, careers service promotions and initiatives, alongside other locally-run publicity during the last year.

The is the eighteenth year that High Fliers Research has produced the independent assessment of the graduate job market. In that time, no other institution has been number one more frequently than The University of Manchester, or ranked more consistently amongst the top three.

The other top universities targeted by employers in 2022-2023 were Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Warwick, Leeds, London (University College), Cambridge, Durham and Southampton.

This is fabulous news, and shows that our graduates and our University have an enviable reputation with top employers. Employability is right at the heart of what we do. Well done to our Careers team and to everyone working to support students in getting work ready!


The latest report also highlights that graduate recruitment at the UK’s top employers increased substantially in 2022, with a 14.5% increase in the number of graduates recruited compared to 2021.

The number of graduate jobs available is expected to increase by a further 6.3% in 2023, with accounting & professional services firms being the largest recruiters of new graduates.

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