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World’s Most Attractive Employers 2023

What do students seek when entering the workforce? Universum's research reveals top trends and aspirations of university graduates.

Our 2023 study shows there is still a sizable gulf between what students look for in an ideal employer, and what companies are willing to offer. Higher inflation means it’s hard for employers to slow pay increases, plus flexibility is no longer a benefit but a baseline expectation. In other words, the employer-employee relationship is likely to remain contentious in 2024.
Yusuf Azoz
Chief Executive Officer, Universum

World’s Most Attractive Employers: Top Trends and Aspirations for 2023

Universum has just released the results of its 15th annual report of the World’s Most Attractive Employers. This year we surveyed over 170 thousand business, engineering, and IT students in the world’s 9 largest economies: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the UK and the US. We asked these talent groups to provide insights into the employer characteristics they find the most attractive in a potential employer, as well as who they perceive to be their ideal employer.

Our 2023 report provides insights on the latest employer branding strategies that currently resonate with the upcoming graduates and includes preferences and comparisons from talent across the globe. This year’s report includes:

  • Key findings

  • World’s Most Attractive Employer Rankings

  • Study details and breakdowns by field of study and gender

  • Compensation and flexible work: still top priorities?

  • Preferences by gender: does this eiden inequalities?

  • Ideal world vs. real world: where tradeoffs are made

  • And much more

Why should you follow the WMAE? 

By following the world’s most attractive employers, we can analyze the desires of talent and find out how those desires align with their perceptions of potential employers. Understanding the motivations of candidates will help companies of any size be better prepared to attract, recruit and retain talent. 

Previous Reports

World's Most Attractive Employers 2022

World's Most Attractive Employers 2021

World's Most Attractive Employers 2020

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