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Private Education Institution Graduate Employment Survey 2018/19

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.

About 9,300 individuals completed full-time bachelor’s level EDPs at PEIs between May 2018 and April 2019, out of which 43.4% responded to the PEI GES survey. Table 1 shows the employment outcomes of about 2,800 respondents who are economically active1 fresh graduates2, and excludes working adults undergoing part-time degree programmes, and fresh graduates who are not economically active. 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. A total of 41 PEIs that offer bachelor’s level EDPs were surveyed, of which 28 had graduates from full-time bachelors-level EDPs.

TABLE 1: Employment Outcomes of PEI Graduates from the 2017/18 and 2018/19 Cohorts and AU Graduates from the 2019 Cohort

Employment Indicators

PEIs

(Full-time EDPs)

AUs

(NTU, NUS, SIT, SMU, SUSS and SUTD)

 

2017/18

2018/19

2019

Overall Employment Rate3

80.7%

80.7%

90.6%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate4

48.2%

50.5%

81.9%

Proportion who are Freelancing5

5.7%

5.6%

2.0%

Part-time6/Temporary7 Employment Rate

26.8%

24.6%

6.7%

            Voluntary8

16.1%

15.6%

4.4%

            Involuntary9

10.7%

9.0%

2.3%

Unemployment Rate

19.3%

19.3%

9.4%

Unemployed but starting work soon10

2.8%

2.8%

2.8%

Unemployed and still looking for a job11

16.5%

16.4%

6.6%

Median Gross Monthly Salary12 (Full-Time Permanent Employment)

$2,650

$2,800

$3,600


Notes to Table 1:

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.         Overall Employment Rate 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.

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

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

 

 

2018/19 GES Employment Rates and Salaries of Fresh PEI Graduates from Full-Time EDPs

Response Rate

No. of Economically Active 

Fresh PEI Degree 

Graduate Respondent^

Overall

Employment Rate

Full-Time

Permanent Employment Rate

Median Gross

Monthly Salary

1

CURTIN EDUCATION CENTRE

78.8%

53.0%

$2,800

37%

66

2

SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

84.4%

52.7%

$2,800

51%

1,994

3

PSB ACADEMY

65.8%

47.6%

$2,800

39%

187

4

KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

76.9%

46.9%

$2,700

40%

307

5

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE

67.9%

39.6%

$2,600

33%

53

6

ERC INSTITUTE

69.7%

39.4%

$3,000

23%

33

7

JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

70.9%

37.9%

$2,600

31%

103

8

TMC ACADEMY

80.0%

30.0%

$2,200

27%

10

9

AIR TRANSPORT TRAINING COLLEGE

38.5%

23.1%

$3,250

60%

13


Notes to Table 2:

^ 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 2018/19

1

AIR TRANSPORT TRAINING COLLEGE

2

AMITY GLOBAL INSTITUTE

3

AUSTON INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

4

BEACON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

5

CURTIN EDUCATION CENTRE

6

DIMENSIONS INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

7

EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

8

ERC INSTITUTE

9

FIRST MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL

10

INFORMATICS ACADEMY

11

BAC COLLEGE (SINGAPORE)*

12

JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

13

KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

14

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE

15

NANYANG INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

16

NGEE ANN ACADEMY

17

PARKWAY COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH

18

PSB ACADEMY

19

RAFFLES COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

20

S P JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

21

SAA GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTRE

22

SDH INSTITUTE

23

SHRM COLLEGE

24

SINGAPORE COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

25

SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

26

SINGAPORE RAFFLES MUSIC COLLEGE

27

TEG INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

28

TMC ACADEMY

 

* This PEI was formerly known as ITC SCHOOL OF LAWS.