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Atkins most desirable construction firm for students

Atkins was the most popular construction employer for university graduates according to a recent survey by graduate jobsite

The targetjobs 'employer of choice graduate survey', which is conducted annually, collects students’ views on 16 sectors of work and is the largest student survey in the UK. It surveyed nearly a thousand university students looking to work in construction has revealed which firms they would most like to work for.

Although Atkins was the most popular employer for the second year running, Arup was considered to have the highest profile on campus.

The survey that most respondents are studying relevant degrees for a construction career but there is also interest from geography, planning and architecture undergraduates, that they place more importance on firms offering excellent training and development opportunities and they are increasingly likely to consider an employer’s environmental policies before making an application.

The survey also showed no increase in the number of women interested in careers in this sector

The top ten firms were:

1) Atkins
2) Arup
3) Jacobs
4) Balfour Beatty
5) Mott MacDonald
6) Faber Maunsell
7) Carillion
8) Laing O’Rourke
9) Alfred McAlpine
10) Halcrow

Paul Sissons, CEO of, said: “Clearly, today’s students are taking jobhunting very seriously and have clear ideas about what they’re looking for in an employer. This huge annual survey tracks the popularity of employer brands on campus and 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.”