Milkround publish The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers List 2013 for the third consecutive year



The UK’s most widely used graduate recruitment website* – Milkround, today (Wednesday 18th September 2013) publish the definitive guide to Britain’s most sought-after graduate employers for a third consecutive year.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers List is produced annually by High Fliers Research and the 2013 rankings have been compiled from face-to face interviews with 18,252 final year university students from the ‘Class of 2013′.  The new rankings provide an invaluable guide for student and graduate job hunters and celebrate the country’s most prestigious and successful graduate employers.  The 2013 rankings of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers are published as a hard-backed book and the rankings are also hosted on Milkround as well as being featured in the September edition of the Graduate Career supplement in The Times.

Milkround’s General Manager Jenni Joplin said: “We’re extremely excited to once again to be working with High Fliers Research – The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers List has become a key feature on Milkround over the past three years and remains an important resource to student and graduate job hunters.”

Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research and Editor of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers added: “This year marks the fifteenth edition of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, celebrating Britain’s most prestigious and sought-after employers, and we’re delighted that Milkround is again helping to bring the new rankings to the widest possible audience of students and graduate job hunters.”

The September edition of the Graduate Career supplement which is published and distributed in The Times today (Wednesday 18th September 2013) focuses on the launch of this year’s Top 100 rankings. High Fliers Research’s Managing Director Martin Birchall explores the risers, fallers and outstanding performers in this year’s rankings. Milkround’s Content Editor Abbie Baisden provides expert advice on how students and graduates can get noticed by top employers, and the supplement also features case studies from three graduates who are currently employed by Top 100 employers.

You can find the September 2013 edition of the Graduate Career supplement here.

Discover who made The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers List 2013 and view the new advertising package available in our onsite infographic.

To discuss out how you can advertise alongside the online listing please email or call 020 3003 4000 to speak to one of the Milkround team.


*High Fliers Research 2008 – 2013.

Milkround ban advertising of unpaid internships

As announced in an article featured on The Guardian yesterday, the UK’s number one graduate recruitment website, Milkround, are banning the advertisement of all unpaid internships across their website.

Working alongside careers blog Graduate Fog, Milkround has united with other recruitment industry leaders including Monster, Total Jobs, Prospects, Target Jobs and Guardian Jobs, to stop the promotion of any roles that do not meet national UK minimum wage legislation.

The aim of the campaign is to support students in their struggle to find full-time employment after university, ensuring that they are being properly reimbursed for the use of their skills and expertise. The job boards involved are also backing the introduction of legislation that would make the promotion of unpaid internships illegal, as well as the roles themselves.

Jenni Joplin, General Manager of Milkround has provided a full statement on the decision to ban the ads, and has also commented:

“We are proud to be joining forces with our industry peers in banning the advertisement of unpaid internships. We always strive to support students and graduates in the pursuit of their future careers, and strongly feel that gaining real work experience with real pay should be the accepted norm. No student or graduate should feel excluded from an opportunity because they cannot afford to support themselves. Only advertising internships that meet at least the national minimum wage will level the playing field, offering equal opportunities to candidates from all backgrounds.”

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of Graduate Fog says:

“It is great news that the UK’s biggest job boards have listened and responded to pressure from young jobseekers. By banning adverts for illegal unpaid internships from their websites, they are effectively saying to exploitative employers ‘We don’t want your money’, shaming the shrinking number of organisations who think it’s okay to take young workers’ labour without paying them a wage for it.

“It is also encouraging to see that the majority of the big UK job boards – including Milkround – would back the introduction of legislation making it illegal to advertise unpaid internships. It shows that the industry is keen to do the right thing, and ensure that all legitimate job boards abide by the same rules so that they only promote high quality opportunities to their users.”

Dan Robertson, Diversity & Inclusion Director at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion stated:

“There is a clear difference between work experience which is short term and longer term internships.  Many enei Members believe unpaid internships widen the growing gap between the advantaged and the disadvantaged and as such, they offer ‘Earn and Learn’ Internships which recognise the need for young people to be able to pay their way in society.  The practice of asking young people, often with a mountain of debt following years of study, to work without pay is morally questionable.

By banning the advertisement of all unpaid internships across their website Milkround are sending a powerful message to UK businesses; it is a message that many enei Members wholly support”. 

Our top five tips to writing an effective job advert

Creating an effective job advert can often represent a daunting task. The usual questions run through your head: what should I include? How detailed should it be? How can I ensure I get the best response possible? Well Milkround are here to guide you through the minefield of job-ad writing with our five top tips…

1.      Request a job advert template from your account manager, especially if this is the first time you’re promoting a position. Remember that your account manager is there to advise you, providing direction and support to ensure that your advert gets the strongest response possible.

2.      Use a hook line to draw candidates in. Job hunters scan through page after page of job offers every day and it’s often easy for them to scroll straight past your advert. Using a catchy, one line title will help minimise the amount of potential candidates overlooking your post, and encourage them to click your link to read more…

3.      What to include? Be sure to include a job title, location details and where possible the salary. Be clear and honest about what experience and grades are required to ensure you only receive relevant applications.

Avoid using too many bullet points and keep your job and company descriptions short, snappy, clear and concise. Provide detail around the tasks they’ll be carrying out within the role, and exactly what is expected of the successful candidate so they can begin to picture exactly how they can fit in and contribute to the bigger picture.

4.      Remember, the job is your product and the candidate is your customer, so sell the job and your customers will come! Put yourself in the candidate’s shoes and consider what you would want to know if you were applying. 

Your job advert will carry your brand so make sure the brand personality is present throughout; consider your tone of voice and where possible avoid being too corporate.

The input of staff performing a similar role can be extremely helpful when writing the job and company descriptions as they have experienced the role first hand and can provide some insight into the company and team culture.

5.      Don’t just expect quality applications! Quality applications will come with a quality advert. Remember your adverts will appear alongside those of your competitors and could be the difference between hiring a good candidate or a great candidate!Image

And the Graduate of the Year 2013 winner is…


Milkround and our partners Adzuna are pleased to announce that the winner of Graduate of the Year 2013 is the wonderful Caleb Meakins.

The aim of the competition was to find the brightest and most ambitious students in areas such as politics, academics, sportspersons, entrepreneurs and artists who would be graduating from university this year, and we were overwhelmed by the response. You sure are a talented bunch!

In a time when competition for jobs has never been tougher, with more than 50 graduates fighting for each position, we are excited to be helping you showcase your skills and talents. With the support of over 150 universities we were inundated with thousands of entries from all across the university spectrum, and our Adzuna judges had the impossible task of narrowing it down to our seven finalists.

The super seven have been battling it out all summer and we can now proudly announce that the winner is Civil Engineering graduate, social media extraordinaire and all round good-guy, Caleb Meakins! Amassing over 700 votes from the public, Caleb is a creative, hardworking individual who lives by the motto ‘He Who Dares Wins’.

Caleb not only has a Master’s in Civil Engineering, he has also been awarded the University’s 2012 Social Enterprise Award, is an Ambassador for the Global Poverty Project AND sat on the board of judges for the National Student Apprentice.

The Loughborough graduate also dedicated his first year out of University to inspiring fellow graduates in the job hunt, launching his campaign “My 40 days of rejection”. The idea was to cure his fear of being rejected from jobs by completed 40 challenges submitted by the public that were sure to end in rejection. This served to change the way that graduates deal with failure and showed them that getting a knockback can actually be a valuable experience

As promised by Milkround & Adzuna, Caleb will receive £1000 cash, a CV mentoring session with a top UK entrepreneur and an awesome internship at top UK company (TBC). Keep your eyes peeled for news on how Caleb gets on.

Milkround announces partnership with MyKindaCrowd


Leading graduate recruiter, Milkround have teamed up with MyKindaCrowd in a pledge to continue to help students improve their confidence levels and employability skills.

MyKindaCrowd specialise in setting challenges to provide young people with the chance to get their talents noticed by top companies and to improve their employability. Combining this with Milkround’s expert knowledge, resources and contacts in the student and graduate arena, Milkround and MyKindaCrowd are, together, able to provide opportunities for young people to get noticed in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

The partnership allows both organisations to raise the awareness of their services to a wider audience, with MyKindaCrowd being brought to the attention of Milkround’s students and graduates, and Milkround being given the spotlight in front of the school leaver audience.

Alexandra Sydney, Head of Marketing at Milkround commented “We are extremely excited to announce our partnership with MyKindaCrowd. As a business MyKindaCrowd really support Milkround’s vision of providing career confidence, providing young people with opportunities to get noticed by companies and get rewarded for their ideas at the same time”.

William Akerman, Managing Director of MyKindaCrowd, noted “Our unique proposition of using corporate challenges as resources in the classroom delivers benefit to both educators and young people. Quite simply, MyKindaCrowd aim to level the playing field for young people in connecting them with the world-of-work. Our partnership with Milkround helps highlight career opportunities amongst our 2,500 school and college members.”

Alongside the announcement of this partnership Milkround and MyKindaCrowd are offering students the opportunity to win a place on a content writing master class held at Milkround HQ. Click here for further information.

Milkround host first employability training day

Students and graduates benefit from hands-on career guidance.


Milkround continued to lead the way in graduate recruitment yesterday, hosting their first employability training day to boost career confidence among students and graduates. The market-leading website invited 20 students and recent graduates to their London head office for a day dedicated to providing guidance and support where it is needed most.

Working with a qualified trainer, Milkround created a structure designed to improve the skills and confidence of these young people. With one to one CV clinics, mock assessment centres, interview and covering letter advice, the interactive day was deemed a huge success and something that Milkround will continue to do.

One attendee commented: “The training was extremely useful for me, covering all aspects of the recruitment process in detail. I have identified my strengths and weaknesses so I can improve my competencies ready for my future career”.

Candidate Marketing Manager, Laura Smith commented: “The training day has really supported our vision of helping students and graduates build their confidence. It was a real pleasure to work alongside such talented individuals and see first-hand the commitment and drive these young people have when exploring their career options.”

Milkround publish exclusive insight into student and graduate career confidence

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  • 53% of graduates are feeling optimistic about their future career prospects
  • 37% of respondents claim the media has left them feeling unable to get a job
  • The use of smartphones for job searching has risen from 20% in 2012 to 33% in 2013

Following on from their Career Confidence Breakfast event which took place earlier this month – Graduate recruitment website – Milkround have published their second, exclusive annual Student and Graduate Career Confidence Report today (Thursday 2nd May 2013).

In February and March 2013 Milkround sent out their annual Student and Graduate Career Confidence Survey to their database. The survey collected views of over 2,000 students and graduates on a range of topics including where they get their career inspiration from, how media reports affect them and whether they are optimistic or pessimistic towards the economy, university fees and job opportunities. This research has formed the basis for their annual Career Confidence Report.

This year’s report is particularly interesting as it’s the first time that a year on year comparison has been made on the career confidence of students and graduates with some surprising similarities and shifts in opinion.

It was reported that 53% of graduates are feeling optimistic about their future career prospects. There was some pessimism around the subject of getting a graduate job after university, with only 31% feeling positive, however there was much more optimism (56%) around getting any job once they have completed their degrees.

When asked what would make them feel more confident in their future job prospects – 55% reported that a qualification from a professional body would be the most effective, 52% stated a career mentor would build their confidence and 47% cited that regular meetings with a career advisor would be advantageous.

71% of all respondents reported that their main concern about finding a graduate job is the level of competition which was a 2% year on year increase. Other main concerns were attributed to there being too few graduate jobs available, along with concerns surrounding a lack of relevant experience.

Milkround asked respondents to name one word which best describes how they are feeling about their current career prospects – a huge 36% stated that they are “Worried”. This was three times the amount of the next most popular words with 12% reporting they were feeling “cautious” or “depressed”.

The report goes on to break down the demographics by first year, mid-term, finalists and graduates – gaging their feelings towards a number of factors including their career prospects, salary and the economy. Not only are we presented with their current opinions but we also get an insight into how respondents predict they will be feeling about these particular topics in six months’ time. The general consensus was that students and graduates would begin to feel more positive about these topics in time.

What is strikingly clear from the research is the negative influence in which the media continues to play in student and graduate career confidence, with 37% of respondents claiming it has left them feeling unable to get a job.

This year the report also collected responses with regards to what devices students and graduates are using to search for graduate jobs. Respondents using a smartphone for their job search have risen from 20% in 2012 to 33% in 2013. The use of tablets also grew from 3% in 2012 to 17% in 2013.

Milkround spokesperson Simon Pullin said: “It’s clear that students and graduates need support from recruiters to reassure them that graduate jobs are available, this can only be achieved by providing relevant and accessible information through the channels which they are most comfortable in using. Our survey indicates that advertising on graduate job sites which are compatible with Mobile and tablet is the most effective way of promoting vacancies to this demographic. Job searching via smartphone and tablet is clearly on the rise as a young tech-savvy audience aim to fit their graduate job search into their busy lifestyle.”

Simon added “The career confidence of students and graduates has taken a hit, but there is optimism that the situation will improve with a little time, some work experience and a professional qualification.”

You can find Milkround’s full Career Confidence Report HERE.