The University of Birmingham is among the six UK universities most frequently targeted by the country’s top employers looking for graduate recruits, according to a new report.

The Graduate Market in 2017, produced by High Fliers Research, is the annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at Britain’s leading employers.

Birmingham has risen from 11th to sixth place in the table of Universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2016-2017.

The report shows the country’s top employers have received nine per cent more graduate job applications so far, compared with the equivalent period in the 2015-2016 recruitment round.

Eluned Jones, Director of Student Employability at the University of Birmingham commented: ‘As a University we are producing highly employable graduates so it is very gratifying to see this reflected in our growing reputation with a range of top graduate recruiters.’

The ten universities whose graduates are most in demand by leading UK companies are named as: Birmingham, Warwick, Manchester, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Nottingham, Oxford, Durham and Bath.