Many companies offer several kinds of placements for recent graduates, the majority of which are in R&D (78%), with those placements outside of R&D mainly in marketing & sales or manufacturing roles. The number of placements in 2017 has dropped from 99 to 81, a 17% decrease. These placements had variable durations, with 43% of these placements being at least a year in length, whereas 41% lasted for three months or less. While the majority of these placements constitute company-specific programmes (such as the Future Leaders programme run by GSK), there are also a handful of MSc placements that companies host, e.g. in health economics.