About the Best Student Employers 2021 - 2022

Each year we reveal the best student employers to work for in the UK, based on the thousands of reviews submitted to RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

The employers that make the table do so because they offer world-class work experience for students. But how exactly is the table calculated? And why is it so important to get work experience? Scroll down to find out.

How are the Best 100 & Best 60 created?

A student writes a review of their placement, internship, insight or vacation scheme and submits it to RateMyPlacement.co.uk.

They respond to 15 questions about their role, the organisation and the social perks of their scheme, ranking the company out of 10 for each question.

All reviews are quality checked by the RateMyPlacement team.

Companies that hire more than 20 students go into the Best 100, and those that hire between 3 and 20 go into the Best 60.

Our digital team plug all the scores from the last three years into an algorithm (created by the founders of RateMyPlacement) and ta-da, the Best 100 and Best 60 are formed!


Breakdown of the Best Student Employers

Across all of the employers who ranked in this year’s table, there are over 13,000 job opportunities for students. This includes…

Pie 24.7% 9.9% 32.5% 32.6%

4,260 (32.6%) Placements

Placement students spend an entire academic year working for a company as a full-time employee, before returning to university to finish their degree.

4,246 (32.5%) Insights

Insights run throughout the year and are designed to help 1st and 2nd years figure out if they are the right fit for a company, and vice versa.

3,225 (24.7%) Internships

Internships usually take place in the summer, between semesters. Interns are trusted to work on real projects that contribute to the business, rather than making the tea.

1,302 (9.9%) Vacation Schemes

Vacation schemes are short periods of work experience, specifically in the legal sector. Most law firms use this time to find candidates for their training contracts.

Why work experience is so, so important


According to a report from The Institute of Student Employers, 78% of employers agree that graduates with work experience are more skilled than those without.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to get work experience whilst you’re still at university. Be it a 5-hour virtual experience or a year-long placement, this will position you as a proactive candidate who is ready to take the world of work by storm.

To ensure they emerge stronger from the pandemic, employers are specifically looking for self-reliant graduates who can hit the ground running, manage their relationships effectively and have the technical skills to do the job.

Crucially, employers use these schemes to find talented students and train them in the skills their business needs - before hiring them. In fact, across all of the Best Student Employers, 46% of their placement students and interns were offered graduate jobs. This could be YOU.