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.