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Desired employer for IT graduates: Google is expanding its lead

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Microsoft and BMW follow in second and third place / Automotive and commercial sector more and more popular with young IT professionals / Career starters aim for an annual salary of on average 47,000 euros

Munich, May 29, 2017 – Google is expanding its lead as the most popular employer among IT graduates. More than a quarter of aspiring computer scientists would like to start their professional lives at the California-based Internet corporation. This emerges from a study by the Berlin Trendence Institute. A total of 5,500 students were interviewed at 62 German universities, who were about to graduate in information science subjects. The Trendence Institute evaluated the results exclusively for the COMPUTERWOCHE (issue 21-22 / 2017,,3330832) .

The second place in the ranking of the most popular employers is Microsoft, which improved over the previous year by two ranks. The BMW Group lost a seat and took the third podium place. SAP climbed from fifth to fourth place. In fifth place is Apple. A year ago, the California company, which shares this rank with the computer games developer Blizzard Entertainment, took third place. The automotive sector is becoming increasingly popular among young IT professionals. While Audi defended seventh place in comparison to the previous year, Daimler / Mercedes-Benz advanced from ninth to eighth and Porsche from twelfth to ninth in the ranking. The top ten completes Amazon, which could easily improve after eleventh place in 2016 as well.

Viewed by industry, it shows that retailers have done well for IT graduates. On the other hand, the less popular sectors include banks, insurance companies and media companies. At the same time, the answers to the question of personal aspirations and expectations reflect a change: in recent years, soft factors such as work-life balance or diversity have been cited as important criteria in job choice, thus playing for the next generation of IT professionals Opportunities for advancement and salary currently a bigger role.

The study also asked for the salary requirements of the students. As a newcomer, the computer scientists expect an annual salary of € 47,000 on average. The men want to earn at least 47,800 euros, the women gave on average a year salary of 44,100 euros.