IET Business Partners top student popularity poll

BAE Systems has been named the company that most UK engineering students would like to work for, in a vote in which IET business partners took the top ten places.

Claimed to be the largest exercise of its kind, the Employer of Choice research is carried out annually across 16 different industry sectors by graduate jobs website

Nearly 2,000 undergraduates looking to work in engineering, design and manufacturing were questioned, with the typical respondent proving to be male and most likely to be studying engineering and technology.

Respondents were much more confident about their futures than those in other sectors. A third believe market conditions to be ‘healthy’ compared to an average of 18 per cent across the survey. And when it comes to choosing an employer, they are more concerned with a company’s environmental policies than students in other sectors.

BAE Systems was both the most popular recruiter and the recruiter with the biggest presence on campus, with Rolls-Royce collecting the award for best work experience programmes.

The top ten firms in the engineering sector, all of whom are business partners of the IET, are:

1 BAE Systems
2 Rolls-Royce
3 BP
4 Airbus
5 Shell
6 Siemens
7 Corus
8 3M
9 QinetiQ
10 Schlumberger

Richard Hamer, BAE Systems’ education partnerships director, commented: ''BAE Systems is proud to be voted by students as the top company in the engineering sector. Our graduate recruits are critical to the future success of our business. We recruit approximately 250 graduates each year and invest around £11m annually in our graduate programmes.

"Operating in the technologically advanced defence and aerospace sector, we predominantly offer engineering roles across systems, software, support, electrical and electronic, mechanical, structures, project management and manufacturing disciplines.  However, we also have opportunities for graduates looking to work in corporate positions in project management, human resources, procurement, finance, commercial and sales & marketing.

"Our dynamic organisational culture encourages graduates to take control of the direction of their career within the company to ensure an exciting and rewarding development path, not least the chance to be involved in the development of the world’s most advanced defence systems. For example, over the last five years BAE Systems played key roles in the development of the next generation of submarines and the Typhoon aircraft project."

Paul Sissons, CEO of, believes the survey proves students are taking jobhunting very seriously and have clear ideas about what they’re looking for in an employer. “It’s clear that the firms which come out at the top of the list have not only worked hard on building their profile but are now offering the right sort of package to attract the best graduates,” he said.

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