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 150 leading employers to review, assess and develop their campus recruitment campaigns. The results of the 2015 survey were published on Monday 22nd June and featured in the Financial Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, i, Daily Mail, Metro, City AM and Times Higher Education.

This extensive research is used to compile The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards which High Fliers Research hosts and presents annually. The 2015 awards and employer rankings were announced to an audience of more than 400 graduate recruiters from across the UK at Kings Place in London in March 2015, its seventeenth annual awards ceremony. Details of the winners are available here.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, the annual careers directory and website that showcases Britain’s most sought-after graduate employers, is also produced from the results of High Fliers Research’s student research programme. The new 2015-2016 edition was published on Tuesday 6th October and more than 60,000 copies of the directory have been distributed to graduate job hunters at universities around the UK. A copy of the 12-page supplement about the new rankings published in The Times is 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 report on The Graduate Market in 2015 was published on Monday 12th January and confirmed that graduate vacancies at the leading employers increased by 7.9% in 2014 and were expected 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.

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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