The UK Graduate Careers Survey and The Graduate Market

For the last 25 years, High Fliers Research has been at the forefront of graduate recruitment research at the UK’s leading universities.

The UK Graduate Careers Survey is the largest and most authoritative annual survey of final year students at the UK’s leading universities. Based on face-to-face interviews with up to 20,000 finalists and on-campus research groups with student jobs hunters, it is conducted by High Fliers Research on behalf of more than sixty major national and international graduate employers, in association with The Times newspaper.

Each survey gives employers an exclusive insight into the career expectations and aspirations of final year students – just weeks before they leave university – and provides a definitive record of how they have conducted their search for a graduate job.

Since its launch in 1995, the survey results have been used by more than 150 of the UK’s best-known employers to review, assess and develop their campus recruitment campaigns. Highlights from the research are regularly reported in the national press, including Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Times Higher Education.

This extensive research is used to compile The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards which High Fliers Research hosts and presents annually, celebrating the UK’s most successful and accomplished graduate recruiters. Government restrictions due to the coronavirus meant that the winners of the 2020 awards were announced during a special live broadcast to graduate recruiters in March 2020, rather than the usual annual awards ceremony.

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 our student research programme. The 2019-2020 edition was launched in September 2019 and more than 60,000 copies of the directory have been distributed to graduate job hunters at universities around the UK.

In addition to its student research, High Fliers Research hosts the annual one-day conference for graduate employers, The National Graduate Recruitment Conference, and regularly analyses the latest graduate vacancies and starting salaries available from the UK's top employers.

The High Fliers Research Centre is in The Gridiron Building, 1 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG.
Our telephone number is 020 7428 9000 and a location map is available here.

To find out how your organisation could access our student research programme, please contact Sally Hyman for The UK Graduate Careers Survey or Zoe Gordon for The Law Student Survey.

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