Private Education Institution Graduate Employment Survey 2019/20

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 2019/20, and the comparative graduate employment outcomes from other GES, please refer to our media release.

 

About 9,300 individuals completed full-time bachelor’s level EDPs at PEIs between May 2019 and April 2020, out of which 39.2% responded to the PEI GES survey. Table 1 shows the employment outcomes of about 2,500 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 2018/19 and 2019/20 cohorts and AU Graduates from the 2020 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: 2018/19 2019/20 2020 2020
Employed3 80.7% 80.7% 93.6% 91.9%
In Full-Time Permanent Employment4 50.5% 49.0% 69.8% 65.5%
Freelancing5 5.6% 3.0% 1.5% 6.0%
In Part-time6/Temporary7 Employment 24.6% 28.7%* 22.3%^ 20.4%~
   Voluntary8 15.6% 14.8% 11.0% 17.1%
   Involuntary9 9.0% 13.9% 11.3% 3.3%
Unemployed 19.3% 19.3% 6.4% 8.1%
   Unemployed but starting work soon10 2.8% 3.2% 2.5% 1.9%
   Unemployed and still looking for a job11 16.4% 16.1% 3.9% 6.2%
Median Gross Monthly Salary12
(Full-Time Permanent Employment)
$2,800 $2,900 $3,700 $2,500

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 16.9%-points of graduates on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
~ Includes 2.2%-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 2020 Joint AU Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES) results were published on 19 Feb 2021. This includes full-time undergraduates who graduated in May 2020 from NUS, NTU, SMU and SUSS only.    

14.      The 2020 Joint Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey results were published on 12 Jan 2021.   

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]

 
 
2019/20 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 83.3% 61.1% $3,800 74% 18
2 CURTIN EDUCATION CENTRE 87.5% 60.4% $2,900 32% 48
3 SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT 85.7% 52.0% $2,923 42% 1,599
4 KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY 77.6% 46.9% $2,800 46% 401
5 PSB ACADEMY 71.9% 43.4% $2,800 33% 196
6 JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY 64.1% 36.9% $2,950 33% 103
7 MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE 60.4% 32.4% $2,700 44% 111
8 RAFFLES COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION 41.7% 25.0% $2,300 15% 12


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 2019/20

 1

 AIR TRANSPORT TRAINING COLLEGE

 2

 AMITY GLOBAL INSTITUTE

 3

 ASIAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

 4

 AUSTON INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 5

 BAC COLLEGE (SINGAPORE)#

 6

 BEACON 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

 JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

 14

 KAPLAN HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

 15

 LONDON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & FINANCE

 16

 MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE

 17

 NANYANG INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 18

 PARKWAY COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH

 19

 PSB ACADEMY

 20

 RAFFLES COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

 21

 S P JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

 22

 SAA GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTRE

 23

 SDH INSTITUTE

 24

 SHRM COLLEGE

 25

 SINGAPORE COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

 26

 SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT

 27

 SINGAPORE RAFFLES MUSIC COLLEGE

 28

 SSTC INSTITUTE

 29

 TEG INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

 30

 TMC ACADEMY



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