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20 Highest Paying UK Graduate Jobs 2021

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

March 29, 2021

If you’re about to graduate, you’re probably ready to say ‘good-bye’ to studying and exam and are keen to start your career. Starting work is exciting, it’s an opportunity to use the skills, knowledge and experience you’ve gained from your years of study in a real-life work environment. It’s an added bonus if the job is well-paid. So, here is a list of the 20 highest paying graduate jobs:

  1. Graduate Area Manager
  2. Graduate Analyst
  3. Graduate Associate
  4. Graduate Software Engineer
  5. Graduate Technology Consultant
  6. Graduate Business Analyst
  7. Graduate Process Engineer
  8. IT Graduate
  9. Graduate Consultant
  10. Human Resources Graduate
  11. Finance Graduate
  12. Graduate Systems Engineer
  13. Graduate Data Analyst
  14. Graduate Electrical Engineer
  15. Graduate Mechanical Engineer
  16. Graduate Structural Engineer
  17. Marketing Graduate
  18. Audit Graduate
  19. Graduate Civil Engineer
  20. Graduate Quantity Surveyor

1. Graduate Area Manager

Average Salary: £38,117

What does a graduate area manager do? 

As a graduate area manager, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge that are needed to manage teams in a specific geographical region. This includes being aware of all relevant health and safety requirements, ensuring all managers have everything they need to meet set targets and providing support and leadership to your teams. 

How can I get a job as a graduate area manager? 

To get a job as a graduate area manager, you’ll likely have to go through a company’s graduate training programme. Look out for suitable training programmes on Glassdoor. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate area manager

Among the top companies hiring for a graduate area manager is BMS Performance LLP.  

2. Graduate Analyst

Average Salary: £34,913

What does a graduate analyst do? 

A graduate analyst may spend time in different areas of the business where you’ll assist managers with live projects. This provides a great opportunity to get to know how the business functions. Specific duties could include providing insight into customer behaviour or conducting financial analysis. 

How can I get a job as a graduate analyst? 

To work as a graduate analyst, you may be required to have a degree in Science, Mathematics, Economics or Statistics. Employers usually look for graduates with a 2:1 degree. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate analyst 

These top companies are hiring for graduate analysts: Amazon, NFU Mutual, Henkel and Pareto Law. 

3. Graduate Associate

Average Salary: £33,312

What does a graduate associate do? 

As a recent graduate, you can join an organisation as a graduate associate.  Here you’ll receive training through the company's training programme while working. Your responsibilities and training will depend on the industry you work in. 

How can I get a job as a graduate associate? 

Employers advertise their graduate associate training programmes online, so look out for these. You may need a degree in a related subject to apply. Most employers look for graduates with a minimum 2:2 degree.

Top companies hiring for a graduate associate

The top companies hiring for a graduate associate include Luther Law Firm, Getir UK and PWC. 

4. Graduate Software Engineer

Average Salary: £32,220

What does a graduate software engineer do? 

The duties you’ll perform as a graduate software engineer will depend on the industry you choose. Typically the work will involve researching and developing new software or improving existing software to meet the needs of the business, writing documentation for users and investigating new technologies. 

How can I get a job as a graduate software engineer? 

Large organisations may bring on new graduate software engineers through a graduate programme. Others may advertise for this job through sites like Glassdoor. You’ll stand out to employers by having a degree in a computer-related degree (preferably a 2:1) and technical experience as well. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate software engineer 

These are some of the top companies hiring for software engineers; Honeywell, Lockheed Martin Corporation, UBS and Accenture. 

5. Graduate Technology Consultant

Average Salary: £31,864

What does a graduate technology consultant do? 

Your job as a graduate technology consultant is to get to know and understand the goals of the business and advise on how technology can help the business achieve these goals. 

How can I get a job as a graduate technology consultant? 

You don’t necessarily need an IT degree to become a graduate technology consultant but you do need an interest in IT and some experience of different programmes.

Top companies hiring for a graduate technology consultant

6. Graduate Business Analyst

Average Salary: £30,548

What does a graduate business analyst do? 

Today a business analyst’s job is closely tied to IT. Your duties may include analysing the whole business or a specific department or function and see how IT can improve efficiency and productivity.  

How can I get a job as a graduate business analyst? 

Graduate business analysts are sought after in all industries, and to get a job as one, you’ll need a minimum 2:2 degree. This could be in any subject but employers favour Business, Computing or Economic graduates. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate business analyst

Some of the top companies hiring for a graduate business analyst include Ipsos, Amazon and Experian. 

7. Graduate Process Engineer

Average Salary: £30,385

What does a graduate process engineer do? 

As a graduate process engineer, you’ll be involved in designing and controlling processes and equipment that turns raw materials into products. 

How can I get a job as a graduate process engineer

You could apply for a job as a graduate process engineer, directly through an employer or a graduate programme. Either way, employers generally look for graduates with a degree in Physics, Chemistry or Material Science. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate process engineer 

Some of the top companies hiring for a graduate process engineer are SUEZ, KLA-Tencor and Proctor & Gamble. 

8. IT Graduate

Average Salary: £29,894

What does an IT graduate do?

As an IT graduate, you’ll develop your understanding and practical experience of IT systems at a component and system level. IT graduates can go on to work as programmers, systems analysts, software developers, etc. 

How can I get a job as an IT graduate? 

Look out for employers advertising IT graduate roles or graduate programmes on Glassdoor. Those with a degree in Computer Science or Information Systems will stand out to employers. 

Top companies hiring for an IT graduate 

If you want a job as an IT graduate, here are companies that are hiring; Osborne Clarke, Cadent Gas, Accenture and the Ministry of Defence. 

9. Graduate Consultant

Average Salary: £29,498

What does a graduate consultant do? 

If you want a job in management consulting, you’ll probably start as a graduate consultant. Your day-to-day responsibilities will depend on the industry and the employer. You’ll be given the opportunity to spend time with managers and leaders to truly understand how the business works and what information is needed for them to perform better. 

How can I get a job as a graduate consultant? 

Access to working as a graduate consultant is typically through a graduate programme. The programme may last one or two years. The majority of employers state that a 2:1 degree is required. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate consultant 

If you’re interested in a job as a graduate consultant, these companies are hiring: RPS Group, Formpipe and McKinsey & Company.

10. Human Resources Graduate

Average Salary: £29,195

What does a human resource graduate do? 

Working as a human resource graduate you’ll have the chance to develop your skills and knowledge over a wide range of human resource operations, including payroll, operations, recruitment and change management programmes. 

How can I get a job as a human resource graduate? 

To gain a place on a human resource graduate programme you may need a degree in Human Resources or Business. Graduate programmes typically last one or two years. After this, you may be offered a permanent role. 

Top companies hiring for a human resources graduate 

Here are some of the top companies hiring for a human resources graduate: Oakleaf Partnership, Henkel, Milk & More and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

11. Finance Graduate 

Average Salary: £29,165

What does a finance graduate do? 

What you’ll do as a finance graduate depends on the graduate programme put in place by the employer. You’ll get the chance to put your skills and knowledge you acquired at university towards gaining a professional qualification. 

How can I get a job as a finance graduate? 

Companies will advertise their graduate programmes on their website or on Glassdoor. The majority of employers ask for a 2:1 degree - this could be in a finance or business-related subject.

Top companies hiring for a finance graduate 

Imperial Brands, City Fibre, Amazon and BDO are some of the top companies hiring for a finance graduate.

12. Graduate Systems Engineer

Average Salary: £28,981

What does a graduate systems engineer do? 

A graduate systems engineer works alongside experienced teams to help develop a ‘system’  that creates a product. You’ll be involved from the initial stages through to completion. Systems engineers work across multiple sectors, including transport and manufacturing. 

How can I get a job as a graduate systems engineer? 

The minimum requirement to be a graduate systems engineer is a bachelor’s degree. This could be in Informational Systems, Industrial Engineering or Computer Engineering. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate systems engineer  

Among the top companies hiring for a graduate systems engineer is Lockheed Martin Corporation.

13. Graduate Data Analyst

Average Salary: £28,960

What does a graduate data analyst do? 

Data analysts are in high-demand and they can work across varying areas including finance, marketing and higher education. As a graduate data analyst you’ll analyse data to solve problems and make predictions about what may happen in the future. 

How can I get a job as a graduate data analyst? 

As a graduate data analyst you’ll need to have excellent analytical skills. Some employers require you to have a first degree, but others will accept a 2:1. Those with a degree in Business Information Systems, Statistics, Maths or Economics will be sought after by employers. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate data analyst

Among the top companies hiring for a graduate data analyst are EOS, NCR, Lenovo and Ocado Group. 

14. Graduate Electrical Engineer

Average Salary: £28,562

What does a graduate electrical engineer do? 

Electrical engineering is a specialist area, and if you choose to go into this, you’ll have the opportunity to work in different sectors such as construction or transport. Your responsibilities will depend on the sector you choose but it’s likely to involve designing, managing and implementing a range of electrical systems. 

How can I get a job as a graduate electrical engineer? 

To get a job as a graduate electrical engineer, you can apply directly to employers or larger organisations may recruit through a graduate programme. You’ll need a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.

Top companies hiring for a graduate electrical engineer

Hulley & Kirkwood, Rubix M&E, Capita and Arup are among the top companies hiring for graduate electrical engineers. 

15. Graduate Mechanical Engineer 

Average Salary: £28,454

What does a graduate mechanical engineer do? 

Graduate mechanical engineers work across numerous industries. You could see yourself researching new concepts or working on the development of engines, machinery, construction products or even medical devices. As your career develops you may even have the opportunity to produce your own designs. 

How can I get a job as a graduate mechanical engineer? 

Your first steps into a graduate mechanical engineer job is usually through a graduate programme. To apply for a graduate programme you’ll need a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate mechanical engineer 

Some of the top companies hiring for graduate mechanical engineers are TTP, Ridge and Partners LLP, Ferrovial Construction and Project Centre.

16. Graduate Structural Engineer

Average Salary: £28,420

What does a graduate structural engineer do? 

Your responsibility as a graduate structural engineer is to design the frame for a structure (building, bridge, etc,), ensuring the design meets the needs set out and that it meets all safety and legal requirements. As well as working on new structures, you may also ensure that the frame of older structures are structurally sound. 

How can I get a job as a graduate structural engineer? 

To apply for a job as a graduate structural engineer you’ll need a degree in either Structural or Civil Engineering. On-site experience and knowledge of AutoCAD will also help your application. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate structural engineer 

Start your career as structural engineer with one of these top companies William Haley Engineering Ltd, Transport for London, Ridge Surveyors Ltd and Capita. 

17. Marketing Graduate

Average Salary: £28,062

What does a marketing graduate do? 

As a marketing graduate your job will be to use marketing techniques to promote the company, products/services or events to the public. This may involve creating social media campaigns, writing press releases, helping to organise events, updating the company website or intranet and creating visuals. 

How can I get a job as a marketing graduate? 

There are several routes into a job as a marketing graduate, but those with a Marketing degree will have an advantage. Other subjects will also be considered, like Business, Communications and Art & Design. 

Top companies hiring for a marketing graduate

Fancy a job in marketing? These top companies are hiring: Amazon, Marshmallow, Nottingham Trent University and Connexity. 

18. Audit Graduate

Average Salary: £27,993

What does an audit graduate do? 

As an audit graduate, you’ll work alongside an experienced team of auditors to independently review a client’s financial records. This involves looking at an organisation’s ledgers, balance sheets and bank statements. 

How can I get a job as an audit graduate? 

You don’t necessarily need an Accounting or Maths degree to join an auditing graduate programme, but you’ll have to demonstrate your proficiency with numbers and mathematical equations. As part of the graduate programme you’ll work towards gaining an accounting qualification. 

Top companies hiring for an audit graduate 

If you want a career in audit, these companies are hiring for audit graduates: Mazars, BDO, Buzzacott, NFU Mutual and PwC. 

19. Graduate Civil Engineer

Average Salary: £27,879

What does a graduate civil engineer do? 

As a graduate civil engineer you’ll work with qualified civil engineers to advance the skills and knowledge you gained at university. Your day-to-day responsibilities will depend on the sector you work in but they may include designing and supervising the build of new structures and the repair of existing ones. 

How can I get a job as a graduate civil engineer? 

Civil engineers are highly skilled and to gain a place onto a civil engineering graduate programme you’ll need a Civil Engineering degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduate programmes generally last two to three years. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate civil engineer 

Top companies that are hiring for a graduate civil engineer include Transport for London, SPESIC Ltd, Stillwater Associates and SLR Consulting. 

20. Graduate Quantity Surveyor

Average Salary: £27,225

What does a graduate quantity surveyor do? 

A graduate quantity surveyor will work with an experienced quantity surveyor to manage the costs that relate to building and civil engineering projects, while ensuring that legal and quality standards are met.  

How can I get a job as a graduate quantity surveyor? 

To get a job as a graduate quantity surveyor you’ll need a Quantity Surveying degree. If your degree is in a different subject you can complete a RICS-accredited postgraduate course. Employers may advertise their graduate roles or graduate programmes on their website or with Glassdoor. 

Top companies hiring for a graduate quantity surveyor 

The top companies hiring for a graduate quantity surveyor are Randstad CPE, Spencer Clarke Group, McLaughlin & Harvey and AECOM. 

Methodology: This list was determined by searching for specific jobs on Glassdoor with the word “graduate” in the title and a minimum of 25 salary reports. Salary data is correct as of 29th March 2021.

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