Top Ten Best Paid Graduate Jobs

  • September 13, 2016
  • Nat

As the application season looms, we thought we’d round up those tasty grad positions with the highest salaries. Below, you’ll find ten of the best paid graduate schemes.

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  1. Aldi Area Manager Programme (Management)

Starting salary: 42k

Extras: Company car (Audi A4), travel abroad, potential to run your own stores within a year of starting.

Requirements: 2:1 degree, driver’s licence.

Deadline: Recruiting all year round, but apply quickly come autumn – there are limited places.


  1. Lidl Area Manager Programme (Management)

Starting salary: 40k

Extras: Company car, 35 days holiday per annum and company discounts.

Requirements: Some full time management experience, driver’s licence.

Deadline: Ongoing, as Aldi.


  1. Clifford Chance (Law)

Starting salary: £42k for a first year trainee, £43,700 for second year, £70k when fully qualified.

Extras: Gym membership, on-site healthcare and private healthcare scheme, concierge and free meals.

Requirements: Law degree not necessary The company will pay for successful candidates to do the graduate diploma in law (GDL) and then the legal practice course (LPC). Will assess with online Watson Glaser Critical Reasoning test.

Deadline: applications typically open in October – check here.


  1. Herbert Smith Freehills (Law)

Starting salary: £42k

Benefits: Sports clubs, language classes, socials, work abroad and vacation schemes.

Requirements: 2:1. Fluency in Arabic, Cantonese, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Russian valued. Verbal reasoning test required.

Deadline: Rolling.


  1. Newton Europe (Consulting)

Starting salary: £45 – 50k

Benefits: Company car, £3,000 sign-on bonus and no weekend work.

Requirements: Degree from a ‘top university’ in STEM or business subject. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

Deadline: rolling.


  1. Microsoft (IT and Telecommunications)

Starting salary: £34,700

Benefits: Medical cover and 10 per cent off Microsoft products at selected times.

Requirements: Once again, it depends on the role you apply for in the company. If you want to work in development, a bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral degree in engineering, computer science or a related field is required.

Deadline: Opening September 2016 – check here.


  1. Frontline (Social Work)

Starting salary: £16-19k, rising to £30k in second year. Not so high, but great for the sector.

Benefits: A fully-funded Masters, large network and meaningful charity work.

Requirements: Minimum 2.1 degree, BBB at A-Level and DBS check.

Deadline: Nov 21st.


  1. BP (Energy)

Starting salary: £33k – £40k

Benefits: Discounts on vehicles, gym facilities, £3,000 – £5,000 sign on bonus + yearly bonus.

Requirements: Degree subjects depend on role, but 2:1 required.

Deadline: Dependent on role. Check here.


  1. Exxonmobil (Energy)

Starting salary: £37,500 for a BSc.

Benefits: Pension plan, private healthcare plan, relocation allowance and 33 days holiday.

Requirements: 2:1.

Deadline: Not yet open for this year. Keep an eye here.


  1. MI5 (Security)

Starting salary: Three schemes, of which the best-paid is the Technology Graduate Development programme at £31,605, rising to £35,560 after one year.

Benefits: Fitness/language training facilities, 25 days annual leave rising to 30, childcare vouchers and an excellent pension scheme.

Requirements: Good base knowledge of IT security and willingness to learn.

Deadline: Ongoing – process takes 9 months. Application includes online verbal reasoning, phone interview, online computer programming test (for the Tech Grad position) and interview.


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