Graduate jobs and internships in London

Jobs in London and surrounding area

Are you looking for a job in London or the surrounding area? 414,600 people are currently employed in the City of London, representing 8.4% of employment in Greater London, and 1.4% of the UK's overall employment. The employment level in London has risen steadily over the years. Although technology, the creative industries, media and manufacturing are all major industries in London, as one of the world's major business and financial centres, London's main industry is therefore its financial services sector.

The number of men employed in the City of London and Greater London is significantly higher than that of women, however, the number of men and women employed overall in Great Britain is similar.

Jobs most in demand in London:

  • Health care
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture/Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Telecommunications, Media & Technology
  • Hospitality & Hotels
  • Government (Public Sector)
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Education

Looking for a company for your internship or industrial work placement?

There are many options available when it comes to gaining work experience, from internships in industry to industrial work placements as part of a degree. The UK's top undergraduate employers, whose UK headquarters are situated in London, include: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Pinsent Masons LLP, Warner Bros, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, Barclays and Deloitte. You can find more internship and placement opportunities on Wizbii.

The top 5 employers for paid internships and placements in London include: Grant Thornton, Microsoft, TUI Travel, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Linklaters.

Universities in London who offer undergraduate work placements as part of a degree include:

  • City University London
  • University of Westminster
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Brunel University London
  • Kingston University London
  • Imperial College London

Recruitment open days, recruitment fairs and other events:

There are a variety of recruitment open days and events in and around London, to help you find a job. To take part, bring along an up-to-date CV, and if you already an idea which company you would like to work for, you should also bring a cover letter. Open day recruitment events are beneficial for both the employer and the potential employee as they allow employers to see how candidates act in a social setting and also provide the opportunity to advertise their business or company. Types of opportunities on offer during these open days include internships, industrial work placements, temporary and full-time contracts, and graduate jobs.

In London itself, there are a number of job and career fairs. The "London Graduate Fair" is the largest national graduate recruitment fair in London and takes place twice a year, in March and June. The fair provides the opportunity to meet with up to 80 top employers from a variety of industries, and find out about graduate opportunities and job application deadlines. 'Skills London' is another important career event for young people which usually takes place in December at ExCeL London.

The London Job Show takes place in February and is the occasion for job seekers to discover employment and training opportunities across a variety of industries, from respected employers such as Tesco, Allianz, British Gas and Telefonica.

Many universities also hold recruitment fairs for students looking for graduate job opportunities or internships, such as Imperial College London's Summer Recruitment Fair.

Average salary for graduates in London

The average salary for graduates working in London is around £29,000, but can range from £23,000 to £39,000. Human resources is the highest paid graduate sector, with an average salary of £38,251, whilst the average salary for graduates working in the Travel, Tourism and Leisure sector is the lowest at £21,000. Despite a high cost of living in London, it is not the top paying location for graduates. York, for example, has an average graduate salary of £42,500.

If you're a student, graduate, looking for a job, internship or work placement, and you live in London, you now have all the information you need to find the job of your dreams.

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