BMW says that it has ranked highly in a German survey of IT professionals.

In the "Information technology" category of the "trendence Graduate Barometer 2017" employer rankings, BMW Group says it was the highest-rated automobile manufacturer in Germany, at number three in the overall list, trailing only the big names in IT.

In early May, graduating engineering and business students already named the BMW Group as their preferred employer in the "trendence Graduate Barometer".

"The profound change in our industry presents a historic opportunity for young talents to shape the mobility of the future," said Milagros Caiña-Andree, member of the Board of Management of the BMW Group, responsible for Human Resources. "Following our successes among both engineering and business students, the positive response of computer scientists shows that young IT professionals are also looking for the kind of challenges we can offer."

BMW was third in the survey, behind Google and Microsoft, as  one of IT graduates' three top employers.

In a comparison between sectors, the automotive industry was the number-two field of activity for young computer scientists, BMW said.

The "trendence Graduate Barometer Germany" this year surveyed a total of 52,000 graduating students from 196 colleges and universities in Germany, including around 5,500 IT students.