Anonymous career review site TheJobCrowd asked 3,000 graduates in their first three years of employment to score their company on a range of criteria including responsibility, progression opportunities, colleague interaction, training, work-life balance and benefits.

IT topped the bill when it came to colleague interaction and also scored particularly highly on work-life balance, benefits and compensation and company culture. The results paint an upbeat image of the industry and may go some way to dispelling the stereotype of it being a more mundane sector to work in.

One of those polled, who works for IBM, said: ” All the people I have met and worked with are so helpful and friendly, I have been given great opportunities since I started here and from day one I’ve felt like everyone really believes in me.” Another of those surveyed added: “I feel like my opinions are valued and encouraged and it’s a great feeling knowing what you’re doing is adding real value for customers.”

Computer giant Microsoft topped the overall list, scoring particularly highly on progression, culture and training. Operational transformation experts Newton Europe came a close second followed by National Grid, FDM Group, The Co-operative Group and Sky. Channel 4, Barratt Developments, Waitrose and Kiln Group comprised the rest of the top 10.

Firms from 17 different industries were featured in the list with IT, accountancy, consultancy, banking, retail, law, engineering, transport and media particularly well represented.

The list comprised a mixture of established multinationals and smaller employers, with an emphasis on the realities of the day to day graduate roles, rather than a prediction as to how they believed the role would be. This differs significantly from other graduate recruitment studies.

Keren Mitchell, co-founder of TheJobCrowd said the results go some way to ditching the industry’s long-standing drab image. He said: “Careers in IT are perhaps traditionally seen as bit nerdy and boring but our results show this couldn’t be further from the truth – in fact their graduates are the most satisfied in Britain.

“We asked thousands of graduate employees to score their day to day role across a range of criteria and after collecting our results over a number of months, have been able to compile a list of the most loved graduate employers. IT came top overall and the findings really reinforce the attractiveness of what is one of Britain’s fastest growing industries.”

Co-founder Natasha Freeman says she hopes the information will provide greater insight for those set to enter the working world for the first time after completing university. “What we want to stress is that this is data collected from people actually doing the roles rather than from those predicting what it would be like to work for a specific firm and as such we believe this data is unique and infinitely more valuable.

“All of the information was collected anonymously and therefore respondents gave a warts and all assessment of their employer and their role which we think will be invaluable to those planning their first steps in the working world.”