The UK Graduate Careers Survey and The Graduate Market

For the last twenty years, High Fliers Research has been at the forefront of graduate recruitment research at the UK’s leading universities.

Our innovative annual study of more than 18,000 final year students, The UK Graduate Careers Survey, remains the only research to be based entirely on face-to-face interviews with finalists and on-campus research groups with student job hunters. Each survey provides a unique insight into the career expectations and aspirations of final year students – just weeks before they leave university – and provides a definitive record of their search for a graduate job.

Since its launch in 1995, the survey has now been used by 140 leading employers to review, assess and develop their campus recruitment campaigns. This extensive research is also used to compile The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers – the careers directory that showcases Britain’s most sought-after organisations – and The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards which High Fliers Research hosts and presents annually. The 2014 awards and employer rankings were announced to audience of more than 400 graduate recruiters from across the UK at Kings Place in London in April 2014, its seventeenth annual awards ceremony. Details of the winners are available here.

In addition to its student research, High Fliers Research produces regular analysis of the latest graduate vacancies and starting salaries available from the UK's top employers. Its new report on The Graduate Market in 2015 was published on Monday 12th January confirms that graduate vacancies at the leading employers increased by 7.9% in 2014 and are set to rise by a further 8.1% in 2015, taking graduate recruitment to its highest level for over a decade.

Martin Birchall, Managing Director at High Fliers Research was interviewed about the research on the BBC News Channel, Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 and on Channel Four News. Headlines from the report featured in The Independent, The Times, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Metro and on BBC News.

And as part of the run-up to the General Election in May 2015, High Fliers Research has produced a major new poll of the voting intentions of more than 13,000 university students. The Student Politics 2015 survey shows that Labour and the Conservatives are neck-and-neck on campus and that a huge surge of support for the Green Party has pushed the Liberal Democrats into fourth place. The poll was released on Monday 20th April and featured in the Financial Times, The Independent, The Times, Metro, The Scotsman, Yorkshire Post and Belfast Telegraph.

The High Fliers Research Centre is at King's Gate, 1 Bravingtons Walk, London, N1 9AE.
Our telephone number is 020 7428 9000 and a location map is available here.

For subscription details for our annual student research programme, please contact Sally Hyman for subscription details for The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016 or Zoe Gordon for The Law Student Survey 2016.

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