The industries and brands with the most graduate positions available

The team behind, the UK’s largest online graduate event taking place between the 18th and 22nd of October, has gathered data to identify the industries with the most graduate job openings, as well as the companies and brands with the most unique graduate job postings.

According to the study, the Health and Social Work industry has the most graduate positions, with 976,924 postings in the last 12 months. The information and communication industry is close behind, with 893,226 graduate job postings in the last year.

The five industries with the highest amount of graduate job postings over the last 12 months are:

  1. Health and social work (976,924 graduate postings across the last 12 months)
  2. Information and communication (893,226)
  3. Financial and insurance activities (504,627)
  4. Education (460,583)
  5. Professional, scientific and technical activities (429,612)

Following the discovery that the Health and Social Work industry has posted the most graduate jobs in the last 12 months, National Graduate Week discovered that the NHS has posted more graduate jobs than any other company, totaling 87,994 posts in the last 12 months.

The five companies with the most graduate job openings in the last 12 months are:

  1. NHS (87,994 unique postings for graduate positions)
  2. National Health Service (37,692)
  3. NHS Business Services Authority (8,903)
  4. Boots plc (6,696)
  5. NHS Education for Scotland (6,478)

Sharon Walpole, spokesperson for, commented:

“It’s amazing to see that so many industries have been open to hiring graduates across the last 12 months, even though so many businesses and industries have had to adjust their ways of working due to the pandemic taking precedence.

“Over the last 12 months, the world of work has changed for so many industries. However, the NHS and other companies within the health and social work sectors have needed more staff than ever before, as seen from the amount of graduate postings within the NHS and the sector as a whole.

“According to the website, there are currently 54,788 graduate roles available, with the majority of these being in the education industry (992 roles), IT industry (644 roles) and the sales industry (508 roles).”

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