Graduate employment statistics 2019 📈

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In 2019, we placed talented graduates at 242 different businesses; ranging from startups in their earliest stages, to larger multinationals.

With 157 new clients, we helped several new businesses scale up and hire exceptional graduates. Plus, we continued to help our existing clients build their teams – retaining 74% repeat business.

Launching over 600 graduate careers, we placed candidates across 15 different sectors. We also saw a surge in placements within tech industries; including SaaS, data, AI, cyber security, FinTech, PropTech, MedTech, and EdTech.

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Explore industry-specific data including average graduate starting salaries, gender representation for each sector and the most common job roles in each industry.

Head over to our Employer Resources Hub to view our full Graduate Employment Statistics Archive from 2015.


2019 Graduate Employment Key Findings

The average graduate starting salary in 2019 was almost £5,000 more than the London Living Wage – indicating the competitiveness of the graduate market.

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2019 Graduate Jobs Sector Overview

Banking & Finance

3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Sales / Business Development: 32%
  • Analyst: 20%
  • FX Broker: 17%


Marketing & Digital Media

3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Digital Marketing: 13%
  • Project Manager: 8%
  • Sales/ Business Development: 6%



3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Client Services: 47%
  • Sales/ Business Development: 12%
  • Analyst: 12%



3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Consultant: 24%
  • Client Services: 12%
  • Software Developer: 9%


IT Services & Cyber Security

3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Account Executive: 43%
  • Technology Consultant: 17%
  • Sales/ Business Development: 17%


Data & AI

3 most common graduate job roles for 2019:

  • Sales/ Business Development: 19%
  • Analyst: 19%
  • Digital Marketing: 16%


Find out more statistics in the graduate employment report, including average salaries for each job role and male to female ratios.

Additional Graduate Job Sectors

2019 saw us working across a wider range of sectors than ever before; placing talented graduates in roles at tech startups, media agencies, law firms and more.

We also placed a record number of candidates this year in roles at EdTech, MedTech and PropTech companies; indicating the rise in demand for talent in “tech” sectors.

Find out about these additional sectors in our graduate employment report:

  • EdTech
  • Legal
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Property/ PropTech
  • MedTech
  • Charity & Not-For-Profit
  • FMCG, Fashion & E-Commerce
  • PR & Communications

What we’ve achieved with our clients in 2019

It has been a great year for Give A Grad a Go, successfully placing graduates in 77% of the roles we posted, our candidates maintained a probation pass rate of 96%. Gender split also remained at 48% female and 52% male.

For every placement we made, there were an average of 9 CVs shortlisted, 5 engagements from clients, and 7 interviews arranged in order to find the perfect candidate.

As well as helping almost 250 businesses hire 600+ graduates, we are also proud of our company achievements in 2019:

  • Now with over 30 Give A Grad A Go Team Members, each of our internal teams – Recruitment, Operations, Marketing & Business Development – has grown individually in 2019.
  • We were very proud to sponsor The Lloyd’s Bank National Business Awards. Held on 10th November, the awards celebrated the very best in British business, including our award for Employer of the Year, which was won by Weston College.
  • Already proud winners of many awards over the years, as displayed in our Awards Archive, we also made the finals of both the NORA awards and the IRP awards; for Best Small Recruitment Agency, and Best Company To Work For (up to 50 employees).
  • Free for all clients; candidates will now receive access to career advice from Careercake for the first year of their career, in our new Employee Development Partnership.
  • We are now also sponsoring Capture Happiness, a non-profit community built to raise awarness about mental health.
  • If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at our new free HR tool for employers, the Annual Leave Calculator, helping to simplify the process of holiday calculating for HR professionals.


In 2020, we’re looking to help as many businesses as possible hire the best graduates. To find out more about how our cost-effective graduate recruitment services can benefit your business, get in touch today, or check out more of our Employer Hiring Resources

Head over to our Employer Resources Hub to view our full Graduate Employment Statistics Archive from 2015. If you have more questions about the graduate recruitment process, please visit our Recruitment FAQs page.

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