Private Education Institution Graduate Employment Survey 2020/21

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) conducts an annual Private Education Institution (PEI) Graduate Employment Survey (GES) for graduates from full-time bachelor’s level External Degree Programmes (EDPs) in Singapore, to survey the employment outcomes of fresh PEI graduates. The PEI GES aims to help prospective students make informed decisions on their education choices. It is mandatory for all PEIs offering EDPs to participate in the survey. Similar surveys are conducted for graduates of Autonomous Universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. To find out more about PEI GES 2020/21, and the comparative graduate employment outcomes from other GES, please refer to our media release.

About 9,400 individuals completed full-time bachelor’s level EDPs at PEIs between May 2020 and April 2021, out of which 45.3% responded to the PEI GES survey. Table 1 shows the employment outcomes of about 2,900 respondents who are economically active1 fresh graduates2 and excludes fresh graduates who are not economically active; part-time students; and mature learners. International students working or seeking employment overseas have also been excluded from the analysis to further ensure that the findings reflect that of local employment conditions.

TABLE 1: Employment Outcomes of PEI Graduates from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 cohorts and AU Graduates from the 2021 cohort

Employment Indicators PEIs
(Full-time EDPs)

AUs13
(NTU, NUS, SMU and SUSS)
Post-National Service Polytechnic Graduates14
Proportion of Graduates in the Labour Force who were: 2019/20 2020/21 2021 2021 
Employed3 80.7% 85.3% 94.4% 94.2%
In Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate4 49.0% 46.4% 84.0% 63.3%
Freelancing5 3.0% 3.2% 1.7% 7.8%
In Part-time6/Temporary7 Employment Rate 28.7%* 35.6%^ 8.7%> 23.2%~
   Voluntary8 14.8% 20.2% 5.7% 20.9%
   Involuntary9 13.9% 15.5% 3.0% 2.3%
Unemployed 19.3% 14.7% 5.6% 5.8%
   Unemployed but starting work soon10 3.2% 2.3% 2.4% 1.4%
   Unemployed and still looking for a job11 16.1% 12.4% 3.2% 4.4%
Median Gross Monthly Salary12
(Full-Time Permanent Employment)
$2,900 $2,989 $3,800 $2,614

Notes to Table 1:

Employment figures may not add up due to rounding off.

* Includes 9.9%-points of graduates on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
^ Includes 14.2%-points of graduates on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
> Includes 3.6%-points of graduates on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
~ Includes 2.7%-points of graduates on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme

1.         Economically active graduates are defined as those who are working, or not working but actively looking and available for a job.

2.         Fresh graduates are defined as those who have less than one year of full-time permanent work experience.

3.         Employment refers to the number of graduates working on a full-time permanent, part-time, temporary or freelance basis, as a proportion of graduates in the labour force (i.e. those who were working or not working but actively looking and available for work).

4.         Full-time Permanent Employment refers to employment of at least 35 hours a week and where the employment is not temporary. It includes those on contracts of one year or more.

5.         Freelancers refer to those who operate their own business without employing any paid worker in the conduct of their business or trade.

6.         Part-time Employment refers to employment of less than 35 hours a week.

7.         Temporary Employment refers to casual, interim or seasonal employment, including those on contracts of less than one year.

8.         Voluntary part-time/temporary employment refers to those who indicated that they were in part-time/temporary employment as they were pursuing/ preparing to commence further studies, taking active steps to start a business venture, due to personal choice and other reasons.

9.         Involuntary part-time/temporary employment refers to those who indicated that they were in part-time/temporary employment as they tried but were unable to obtain a full-time permanent job offer so far.

10.      Unemployed but starting work soon refers to those who indicated that they were not working as they had accepted a job offer and will start later or were taking steps to start business venture.

11.      Unemployed and still looking for a job refers to those who indicated that they were not working, but actively looking and available for work.

12.      Gross Monthly Salary comprises basic salary, fixed allowances, over-time pay, commissions and other regular cash payments, before deduction of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments and payments-in-kind are excluded.

13.      The 2021 Joint AU Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES) results were published on 16 Feb 2022. This includes full-time undergraduates who graduated in May 2021 from NUS, NTU, SMU and SUSS only.  

14.      The 2021 Joint Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey results were published on 13 Jan 2022.

TABLE 2: Employment Outcomes of Fresh Graduates of Full-Time EDPs by Institution (for institutions with 10 or more respondents15)

[PEIs arranged in descending order by Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate]

 
Private Education Institution
2020/2021 GES Employment Rates and Salaries of Fresh PEI Graduates from Full-Time EDPs
Response Rate16
No. of Economically Active
Fresh PEI Degree
Graduate Respondent17
Overall
Employment Rate
Full-Time
Permanent Employment Rate
Median Gross
Monthly Salary
1 PARKWAY COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH 81.3% 81.3% $3,694 50% 16
2
PSB ACADEMY
85.2%
55.5%
$3,000
31%
182
3
CURTIN EDUCATION CENTRE 75.5% 49.0% $2,750 31% 49
4
SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT 88.6% 47.2% $3,000 54% 2,018
5
ERC INSTITUTE
84.4%
43.8%
$2,700
38%
32
6
JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
75.2%
43.6%
$3,000
35%
133
7
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE
72.2%  42.6%
$2,500
36%
54
8
KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY
78.4%
38.8%
$2,800
44%
343


Notes to Table 2:

15.       Results of PEIs with less than 10 respondents are not published as there are too few economically active fresh graduate respondents for the data to be meaningful.

16.       Response rate refers to the percentage of graduates from full-time degree programmes in PEIs who responded to the survey.

17.       Results of PEIs based on a small sample size of fewer than 30 full-time fresh PEI degree graduates may not be representative of the institution’s graduate employment outcomes. Users should exercise caution in interpreting the data.

TABLE 3: List of Private Education Institutions with Graduates from Full-Time EDPs that Participated in PEI GES 2020/21

 1

AIR TRANSPORT TRAINING COLLEGE#

 2

AMITY GLOBAL INSTITUTE

 3

AUSTON INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 4

BAC COLLEGE (SINGAPORE)

 5

BEACON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

 6

BMC INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

 7

CURTIN EDUCATION CENTRE

 8

DIMENSIONS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

 9

EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 10

ERC INSTITUTE

 11

ESSEC

 12

INFORMATICS ACADEMY

 13

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND SPORTS COLLEGE

 14

JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

 15

KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

 16

LONDON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & FINANCE

 17

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE

 18

NANYANG INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 19

PARKWAY COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH

 20

PSB ACADEMY

 21

RAFFLES COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

 22

S P JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

 23

SDH INSTITUTE

 24

SHRM COLLEGE

 25

SINGAPORE COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

 26

SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 27

SINGAPORE RAFFLES MUSIC COLLEGE

 28

TMC ACADEMY

Note: Private Education Institutions are arranged in alphabetical order
# Air Transport Training College was deregistered as a PEI on 18 Mar 2022