Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers

Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers reveals Ireland’s most sought-after employers from the perspective of those that matter most – the students and graduates who will provide the next generation of innovators and leaders in Irish business.

The Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers survey is part of the European Student Barometer and is conducted by Europe’s leading graduate research firm, trendence. The data produced decide the winners of Ireland’s 100 and the winners of the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards and contribute also to a wider pan-European study across 24 countries.

This year, we have included Public Sector and State employers within the data below. They are denoted by an n/a symbol for the 2013 rankings as there was no previous ranking available for them.

You can find more information in the book Ireland's 100 leading graduate employers, published annually and available free from your university careers service or available to view online.

Rank 2014 Employer Rank 2013 Diff
1 Google 1 same
2 Deloitte 4 up
3 Accenture 5 up
4 Lidl 21 up
5 PwC 6 up
6 KPMG 7 up
7 Department of Education/Teaching n/a n/a
8 Microsoft 2 down
9 Jameson Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard 13 up
10 Abbott Ireland 8 up
11 Department of Foreign Affairs n/a n/a
12 Pfizer 12 same
13 Coca-Cola 15 up
14 Boston Scientific 10 down
15 Intel 15 up
16 Health Service Executive (HSE) n/a n/a
17 Kerry Group 9 down
18 Diageo 11 down
19 RTÉ n/a n/a
20 EY 15 down
21 European Commission n/a n/a
22 Bank of Ireland 14 down
23 Apple 3 down
24 IBM 27 up
25 L'Oréal 18 down
26 Enterprise Ireland 20 down
27 Facebook 22 down
28 Aldi 26 down
29 GlaxoSmithKline 24 down
30 Amazon 48 up
31 Johnson & Johnson 48 up
32 Procter & Gamble (P&G) 29 down
33 Aer Lingus 80 up
34 An Garda Síochána n/a n/a
35 A&L Goodbody 23 down
36 Department of Employment & Learning NI/Teaching n/a n/a
37 Glanbia 25 down
38 Arthur Cox 30 down
39 Sony 62 up
40 Jaguar Land Rover 45 up
41 Airtricity 38 down
42 SAP 31 down
43 Dublin Airport Authority 95 up
44 AIB Group 33 down
45 BBC Northern Ireland n/a n/a
45 Electricity Supply Board 41 down
45 Musgrave Group 35 down
48 Allergan Pharmaceuticals 55 up
49 Medtronic 31 down
50 McKinsey & Company 55 up
51 HP 55 up
52 A+F Hollister 55 up
52 BMW Group 41 down
52 Stryker 53 up
55 Arup 53 down
55 Citi 64 up
57 Central Bank 47 down
57 Eli Lilly 39 down
57 JPMorgan Chase 51 down
57 Unilever 35 down
61 Twitter 65 up
62 Bord Gais 40 down
62 Goldman Sachs 43 down
62 Novartis 95 up
65 Paddy Power 19 down
66 Jacobs Engineering 48 down
67 Boston Consulting Group (BCG) NEW -
67 Dell 61 up
69 Dropbox NEW -
69 Eirgrid 62 down
69 Penneys (Primark) 44 down
72 BioWare 60 down
72 Cisco 52 down
72 Oracle 87 up
75 Analog Devices 46 down
76 Ericsson 27 down
76 Marriott Hotels 67 down
76 Matheson 34 down
76 Shell 74 down
80 BNY Mellon 74 down
80 Blizzard NEW -
80 Nestlé 69 down
80 Roche 91 up
84 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 71 down
84 Kingspan 35 down
84 Zurich Financial Services 80 down
87 State Street 88 up
88 EMC 100 up
88 Kraft Foods (including Cadbury) 67 down
88 Marks & Spencer 88 same
91 Bayer NEW -
91 Tesco Ireland 79 down
93 HSBC NEW -
93 Merck Sharp & Dohme 55 down
93 William Fry 100 up
96 Aviva NEW -
96 Paypal NEW -
96 Siemens 80 down
99 ICON Clinical Research 74 down
99 PM Group 91 down
99 Vhi Healthcare 88 down

The student votes for Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers also decide the sector award winners and Ireland’s most popular graduate recruiter in the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards. View this year’s winners.