South West employers are predominantly SMEs (businesses with under 250 employees), so many graduate jobs will be within these small and medium companies who recruit one or two people each year. There are however some graduate recruiters here in the South West that recruit a significant number of recent graduates every year – and some work by The Complete University Guide has uncovered who they are!
The top South West private sector graduate recruiters are: Babcock, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, Specsavers, Atkins, Boots, Dyson, Nationwide and PwC – each of them recruiting to more than 20 graduate-level posts a year.
Companies like Capita, Enterprise, General Electric, JP Morgan, BAE Systems, Deloitte, Intel, IPL, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds Pharmacy, MBDA, Tesco, and Zurich also add significant numbers of recent graduate-level jobs here in the South West.
Significant numbers of graduates are also employed in the region by the MOD, Royal Navy, Met Office, the larger County and City Councils (Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Bristol City recruit about 15 graduates each, with Somerset, Wiltshire and Plymouth City a further 10 each) and the Universities (recruiting more than 60 between them).
There are over 40 organisations that each recruit more than 10 graduates every year – accounting for over 670 jobs between them.
Here at Gradsouthwest we take pride in helping SMEs recruit graduates – and in helping graduates find the wonderful SMEs recruiting in our region. We also help the larger recruiters looking to target those wanting to work here in the South West. If you want to know more about how we can help you recruit great graduates then do get in touch via www.gradsouthwest.com.
Dr Deborah Watson
Data compiled by Complete Universities Guide, using Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey (2013–14) conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).