Universum releases its rankings of the UK’s most attractive companies to work for

Our strategic partner, Universum Global has launched the findings for the UK portion of its annual Global Talent Survey which found that Google is the UK’s most desirable company to work for by graduates for the seventh consecutive year. Universum studied 39,500 students from 97 British Universities to understand the career aspirations, goals and workplace requirements for graduates.

Whilst Google continued to prove popular with those studying business and STEM, their applicant pool continues to widen with humanities and law students both ranking the organisation in their top two and four companies to work for respectively. The companies highly coveted graduate schemes and internships are in high demand and Google is renowned for rewarding its employees with highly competitive salaries and employee benefits – all combining to make the tech giant an attractive workplace for students across multiple disciplines.

The UK’s Top 10 Business and STEM Employers 2019

Rank Business Rank STEM
1 Google  1 Google
2 J.P. Morgan 2 Rolls-Royce
3 Goldman Sachs 3 Microsoft
4 Apple 4 Apple
5 PwC 5 Jaguar Land Rover
6 Nike 6 BAE Systems
7 KPMG 7 McLaren
8 Deloitte 8 Aston Martin
9 L’Oréal Group 9 Airbus
10 Morgan Stanley 10 Lamborghini

Increased interest in tech and innovation roles is a trend being reflected across many subject areas. UK STEM talent are looking for industries that embrace innovation and new technologies, and careers that will see them competitively and intellectually challenged. As a result, STEM talent are looking beyond traditional engineering roles to automotive and aeronautic employers like Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and BAE Systems.

Explaining the move towards innovative, technology-driven companies by STEM students, Universum UK spokesperson, Nicola Kleinmann said “Electric cars, self-driving cars and an increase in safety globally, has recaptured STEM talents’ interest in the Automotive industry. The UK has a rich history of founding some of the best-known car firms in the world which could be why the industry has cemented its place at the forefront of the STEM top 100.”

Moving away from tradition

The move away from traditional roles associated with subject choice is also reflected across the business student market. Where previously banking had been a high career choice, business students are seemingly less interested in the sector as Deloitte slumped two places in comparison to the 2018 Global Talent Survey. Multi-national Morgan Stanley now sits in tenth place after falling three places since the previous year, meanwhile, US firms J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs retained their respective second and third places, while tech giant Apple climbed the ranks into fourth.

The wane in interest may be a demonstration of the wider impact Brexit uncertainty has had on the banking industry over the past year.

Universum Managing Director for Nordics, UK and Ireland, Claes Peyron said: 

“Brexit is obviously a factor that is weighing on the minds of young talent when they consider which industry to start a career in. When we conducted our 2019 survey, the deadline for Brexit was set for March, and there was a lot of media coverage during the field period on which industries would be affected the most. Banking is obviously one of those industries, and this could be why we are seeing varied success rates of employers trying to attract business talent, despite their increased talent attraction efforts over the past few years”.

“It was only two years ago during the release of our 2017 UK rankings when we reported that Brexit had no effect on talent wanting to join the Banking industry, on the contrary, more wanted to join than in 2016. However, I suspect that the closer we have gotten to the deadline, the more unsure talent have become about joining an industry where jobs are reported to be heading to the continent.”


Forward thinking

The results show how forward-thinking students are catching onto the fact that UK jobs in the sector are becoming few and far between, creating a challenging environment for those looking for long term careers in the sector.

The wider findings also delved into the media habits of students and found that Facebook, Instagram and most surprisingly, YouTube were amongst the top five most used online platforms used to learn about future employers, ahead of employer-focused resources across both business and STEM students. A huge 27% of students favoured YouTube, supporting the growing trend in how millennials and Gen Z are interacting less with traditional media and official outlets in favour of online and social media platforms.

See the full top 100 lists and find out more about the UK’s Most Attractive Employers 2019 here.

 

 

 

 

Come and join the discussion on career confidence in students and graduates

Earlier this year we probed the minds of over 5,700 students and graduates, gaining insight into their career confidence and what they expect when they take their first steps into the world of work.

The response was thought-provoking and posed questions around salary expectations and the gender disparity that lies, along with the pressure that graduates face from the competition when applying for sought-after graduate roles and internships.

We’ve been conducting further research into these topics and will be presenting our insights as well as offering advice on hiring processes during an hour long webinar on the 22nd November.

We also want to hear about your thoughts on the topics so we’ve partnered with HRreview to give you the opportunity to share any challenges you currently face when recruiting student and graduate talent. Register today and join the discussion here.

Webinar information:

Date: November 22nd 2018

Time: 11am – 12pm

Register for the webinar here.

Nearly three-quarters of graduates willing to back out after accepting a job

Nearly three-quarters (70%) of graduates are willing to back out of a job offer they’ve accepted, with three out of 10 (30%) stating they’ve already done so, according to our latest research.  5,319 current university students and recent graduates were surveyed for our annual graduate report The Candidate Compass.

Reneging on job offers

Among those graduates that have reneged on a job offer, around six out of 10 (64%) claimed that they did this because they didn’t know how to decline. Around two out of 10 (22%) said they did this because they received a better offer elsewhere, while just 9% changed their mind.

Your reneging insurance…

Don’t worry, Milkround are already taking steps to reduce the risk and impact of candidate’s reneging job offers.

We ensure graduates are fully informed about the roles they are applying for, and that they apply for are the ones that best suit their skill set. We also provide best practice advice to employers; all to help reduce the impact of unfilled vacancies on the companies who partner with us.

However, we understand reneging is a concern for employers, and that it is part of the recruiting process. To help further, we are offering you some reneging insurance this September. Simply buy and advertise a role with a fully branded premium listing in September, and if your candidate reneges, we will give you a standard two week job listing to use in January for free.*

Register your interest in this offer using the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

*Not applicable to current proposals. Offer valid until 30th September 2017.

Milkround’s new features have arrived, meaning better applications for you

Today we’ve launched a new set of onsite features, which includes a smooth data-led application process to all jobs on our website, to increase the quality and relevancy of applications delivered to our clients.

By improving our knowledge of each jobseeker’s application behaviour, we can now target through both the candidate’s profile data and their onsite behaviour. Following these enhancements, our jobseeker’s will now benefit from:

  • Onsite job recommendations
  • Regular, personalised job emails
  • Instant job match notifications

Alongside these new features, we’ve also launched improved job search technology, which not only understands a jobseeker’s keyword search, but also uses artificial intelligence to generate similar and relevant job opportunities into their search results. Taking a synonym led approach to job results ensures the right jobs are displayed to the best candidates.

Milkround’s Head of Sales, Sarah-Jane McQueen commented: ‘We are continually developing our product to ensure our clients gain the most from their campaigns. By improving our application process and therefore better understanding our candidates, we can deliver the most relevant jobs. We’re really excited about the new features we are launching today, which bring innovation to the graduate recruitment market.’

With a refreshed design and improved user experience, we continue to take a candidate led approach to ensure our platform and technology supports the all-important job search.

For more information please get in touch with us today!

Young workers at risk of making snap decisions about their careers

Did you know that Snapchats from friends make young people question their jobs?

We’ve delved into the minds of young people to find out how social media causes career fear in students and graduates.

The research has shown that young people at work run the risk of hindering their careers by paying too much attention to Snapchats posted by friends about their jobs. 95 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they felt envious of some part of their friends’ jobs, with most stating that others’ travel opportunities with work is one of the main instigators of the green-eyed monster.

And social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to that jealousy. 37 per cent of those surveyed clearly cited social media as the source of their career envy. In fact, our opinions of how our friends are doing in their entire lives is shaped by what we see on social media with over one third stating that positive social media posts make them believe others are doing well.

Snapchat has been named the social media network that invokes the most feelings of anxiety around careers, with short disappearing stories that leave lasting impressions.

 SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS THAT CAUSE MOST CAREER ENVY

Ranking Social Media Channel
1. Snapchat
2. LinkedIn
3. Twitter

Dr. Sarah Parry, clinical lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University said: “This career anxiety is likely to come from an initial internal feeling of dissatisfaction, which is then exacerbated by these social media posts.

“60 per cent of students and graduates are still unsure of what they want to do in their careers. This insecurity is easily transformed into jealousy when they see continuous posts of what they perceive is someone who has it ‘all figured out’.”

Money is also a major reason for envy, with 46 per cent stating that their friends’ salaries are the main reason for their jealousy; with social posts about holidays and things they buy leading them to believe that they are earning less than their peers or friends.

Dr. Parry, whose clinical work focuses on experiences of dissociation and developing wellbeing services for young people, said: “It is important for students and graduates to know that these feelings are completely natural as social media becomes more and more a part of everyday life, and that they are not alone. ”

For more from Dr. Susan Parry on how to recognise and combat career anxiety, visit https://advice.milkround.com/opportunity-fomo

For more information about Milkround and our research, get in touch!

 

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

This year we’re hit with a double whammy – National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week happening over the same five days!

The aim of National Apprenticeship Week is to bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade, seeking to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career. It’s a pretty busy time for us (as we know it is for many recruiters) – check out some of the things we’re doing below…

  • Today, (Monday 6th), you’ll see the launch of our dedicated Apprenticeships content hub where school leavers, teachers and parents can learn more about apprenticeships, what they involve, and the benefits they can bring to a career.
  • On Tuesday 7th March, our School Leavers supplement is going out in The Times, providing all readers with an insight into the ever-changing apprenticeship market. ACCA will also be joining us LIVE on Twitter for a Q&A about their qualifications and careers in accountancy.
  • Wednesday sees our marketing team heading out to local schools across London for their careers events, including the ‘Pathways to Apprenticeships’ event with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. The event gives us the opportunity to improve social mobility by working with young people from this area.
  • On Thursday 9th March, we are hosting our inaugural Employer Parents Evening at our HQ in the Blue Fin Building, London. With 200 parents and ten clients in attendance, our event will consist of three panel sessions covering topics such as ‘what makes a good apprenticeship?’, the levy and an apprentice Q&A made up of current apprentices. We’ll also be up in Leeds at the National Careers Guidance Show, making the most of opportunities to speak to and engage with careers advisers across the UK.
  • And finally, Friday will see us rounding up a very busy week, with content and videos being promoted to our audiences – school leavers, teachers and parents.

 

How can you get involved?

This week is the perfect opportunity to educate our 16-18 year old audience on their post-school options. We’ve popped together the perfect campaign for you during this week, at 40% off the usual price…

  • 1 x two-week job listing and company profile
  • 1 x targeted email to 10,000 relevant candidates
  • 2 x posts on Twitter
  • 2 x posts on Facebook
  • 1 x LinkedIn post

All for £500

To take advantage of this offer, or for any other campaign options, please get in touch with Charlie.Howell@Milkround.com or contact us here.

After School Options : pictures

On Friday 3rd March, we held our second After School Options Fair at Emirates Stadium, North London, with our partners UK University Search.

Over 6,000 16-18 year olds queued up in the rain from 9.00am, ready for the fair to start at 10.00am.

Our next fair is 29th September – for more information about getting involved, just get in touch.

Check out our pictures of the event below!

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Employer Parents Evening 2017

On the 9th of March 2017 at our new home in the Blue Fin building, London, we will be hosting an employer Parents Evening, in partnership with Aldi.

We have 200 spaces available for parents to attend and network with school leaver employers. Some of the UK’s top brands will be there to showcase their opportunities, and explain how their apprenticeships and sponsored degree opportunities can benefit your child.

Learn about;

  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships
  • School Leaver Training Schemes

Being a school leaver’s key influencer in their career decisions, this is the perfect opportunity for you to better understand the different opportunities your children now have upon leaving school. The days of choosing between university or an entry level job are over – help your children earn while they learn, and achieve qualifications debt free.

Employers already attending:

  • IBM
  • Grant Thornton
  • ICAEW
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Aldi
  • ACCA
  • EY

The Details

Date: 9th March 2017

Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Blue Fin, Southwark Street, London, SE1 0TA

 

To register your place at our FREE event, click here.

 

More about sponsor, Aldi: 

Aldi is one of the most reputable retailers in the global business market today. With a simple goal of providing great value and quality, using leaner and smarter business processes, we’re a supermarket that’s getting it right. We’re winning all kinds of awards and new stores are springing up all over the country as we rapidly increase our market share.

We have excellent opportunities for Apprentices to join our Store, Logistics or Driver Programmes. It’s not just about financial gain. We can help young people build their character and their confidence, and there’s a clear path to progression. In fact, it’s the kind of springboard that takes ambitious school leavers all the way to Store or Logistics Management.

 

Employers

If you’re an employer, and are interested in getting involved with our Parents Evening, please contact Charlie Howell.

Careers Adviser Conference 2017

Join us on the 25th and 26th May 2017, for our annual Careers Adviser Conference with CCH. We have 200 spaces available for careers advisers to attend and network with school leaver employers and key decision makers in the school leaver market, including government officials.

Some of the UK’s top brands will be there to showcase their opportunities, and explain more about how their apprenticeships and sponsored degree opportunities can benefit your students.

Employers already attending: 

  • Grant Thornton
  • ICAEW
  • IBM
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • ACCA
  • EY
  • Crowe Clark Whitehall

The Details

Date: 25th & 26th May 2017

Time: TBC

Venue: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden