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Ranking the world’s top employers

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Universum today announced the 10th annual World’s Most Attractive Employers (WMAE) results. More than 225,000 engineering/IT and business students from the world’s 12 largest economies, including China,  Japan, South Korea, the UK, and US were asked to rank the companies they find the most desirable for employment.

Google once again maintains its first place position in both fields of the study. The other most attractive employers for engineering/IT students are Microsoft, Apple, and BMW Group.

WMAE 2018 Engineering/IT rankings top five:
1. Google (non-mover since 2017).
2. Microsoft (non-mover since 2017).
3. Apple (non-mover since 2017).
4. BMW Group (fifth in 2017).
5. Intel (seventh in 2017).

Among the business talent, Goldman Sachs, EY (Ernst & Young) and Deloitte are the most attractive employers behind Google.

WMAE 2018 Business rankings top five:
1. Google (non-mover since 2017).
2. Goldman Sachs (non-mover since 2017).
3. EY (Ernst & Young) (fourth in 2017).
4. Deloitte (sixth in 2017).
5. KPMG (ninth in 2017).

For engineering and IT students, the rankings of consulting firms such as BCG, McKinsey, EY and PwC go up drastically in comparison with last year’s rankings due to the increasing demand from these companies to undertake digital transformation.

Engineering/IT students prefer industries where they can utilise their knowledge and skills the best. The software, computer services, multimedia industries (25%) are the most desired, followed by the aerospace and defence (21%), automotive (17%), technology hardware and equipment (16%), industrial engineering and manufacturing (16%) industries.

Business students continue to strive for the management and strategy consulting (27%), financial services (25%) and banks (24%) industries.

In China, maintaining work-life balance (54-55%) and job security (44-45%) remain the top two career goals for all young professionals. Work-life balance here embodies a philosophical sense – finding purpose and meaning in life and at work.

Instead of prioritising high future earnings such as the European students, Chinese students consider good references for future careers, professional training and development and innovation as the top employer brand attributes.

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