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Graduates leave universities in Manchester having received one of the world's best educations and Manchester graduates can certainly compete in a hard fought graduate job market. We decided to look at how graduates from Manchester compared to graduates from the rest of the UK in terms of ambition, attainment and experience.

Job title Location Salary
Assistant Business Intelligence Officer Chester circa £16,500 pa
Graduate Account Manager- Manchester Manchester £22k Basic + OTE
Graduate Account Manager - Cheshire Warrington £18k Basic + OTE
Graduate New Business Development Executive - Bradford Bradford £18k Basic + OTE
Marketing Executive North West £22000 to £30000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + stock options + Bonus
Graduate Recruitment Consultant Trainee London, Manchester £20,000 negotiable + OTE + Bonus
Business Development Executive for Global Media Company London, Glasgow, Manchester £20,000 + benefits + OTE
Graduate Recruitment Consultant London, North West, North East £20,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
Graduate Recruitment Consultant North West £18000 to £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + stock options + OTE + Bonus + share scheme
Property Manager - Matalan - Liverpool North West Competitive + benefits


Manchester

When deciding to look at how graduates from the city of Manchester compared to graduates from the rest of the country we choose to look at the most popular sectors that they chose when they registered and then their degree classification and whether or not they had work experience. We looked at these figures for those who registered on graduate-jobs.com between 2009 and 2014 and found that when Manchester graduates are looking for jobs they can rely on their education.

To be clear, graduates from Manchester refers to all the universities in greater Manchester, not just the University of Manchester.

Sectors

The top 5 most popular sectors chosen by graduates from Manchester offered very little surprise and were in fact totally in line with the national average. This meant the most popular sector with graduates from the universities in Manchester was Management, followed by Marketing and Banking. Graduates from Manchester were further on trend with Advertising and Public Relations and Finance also being the fourth and fifth most popular choices nationwide.

Looking closer, the 34% of Manchester graduates is the second highest percentage of graduates looking to work in the Management sector, behind only Wales, but well ahead of the UK average of 28.5%.

Most Popular Sectors for graduates from Manchester

Degree Classifications

Universities in Manchester have a proud history of producing first rate graduates, with innovative and erudite futures ahead of them and looking at the degree classifications from universities in Manchester it is easy to see why. Manchester graduates have the highest rate of First class degrees awarded anywhere in the country. Our study shows that 11.7% of graduates from Manchester were awarded this top degree grade and edging ahead of its midlands rival in Birmingham who awarded 11.5% of its graduates First Class degrees.

However, the trend does not continue as graduates from Manchester universities are revealed to have awarded 53.9% of its graduates a 2.1, lower than rivals in Birmingham (56.7.%), Leeds (56%) and Nottingham (59.7%).

Degree classifications for graduates from Manchester

Work Experience

Work experience and work place skills are often a big pull for employers when reviewing graduate job applications and CVs, and Manchester graduates are no exception. The amount of graduates from Manchester who registered with work experience stood at 15.2%. This was slightly down on the national average of 16.6%. Graduates from Manchester were at the lower end of the national average, behind Sheffield who had 18.7% and Birmingham who had 17.9%, but ahead of Newcastle (15.1%) and ahead of Liverpool who had just 14.2% of graduates with work experience.

% of graduates from Manchester with work experience

Graduate Jobs by sector in Manchester
Accounting Internet / Digital Media
Advertising / Public Relations Languages
Architecture & Construction Legal & Law
Arts & Design Management
Banking Manufacturing and Production
Buying & Merchandising Marketing
Charities Media
Computing & IT Military & Defence
Consultancy Property
Customer Service Public Sector & Services
Distribution & Logistics Recruitment
Education & Teaching Research & Analysis
Energy & Utilities Retail
Engineering Sales
Environmental Science & Technology
Finance Secretarial & Business Admin
Food & Drink & Catering Sports and Recreation
Health Telecommunications
Human Resources Training
Insurance Travel & Hospitality

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EY
QA
Matalan
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Accenture Oct 2014
explore learning
MI5
HILTI
Aldi graduates 2015
GCHQ
Hogan Lovell
Department for Education
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Barratt
KPMG