By Singapore Rat Race
Graduate Employment Survey (GES) results were released by MOE on Friday (28 Feb). This annual survey is jointly conducted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU) to survey the employment conditions of graduates about six months after their final examinations.
The media was quick to trumpet the good news that 8 in 10 graduates found a full-time job within 6 months of graduation. As reported on Channel News Asia, “About eight in 10 graduates from the three autonomous universities in Singapore found a full-time job within six months.”
CNA further reported, “Fresh graduates with engineering or accountancy-related qualifications were particularly in demand across the board, while others included business, nursing, and maritime studies.”
This is an exaggeration. You can see that bioengineering and biological sciences (NUS and NTU) are on the decline.
And that the median pay for graduates with nursing qualification (without Honours) is stagnant at $2,950, which is the same as 2012. Notice the spread between Percentile 25 and Percentile 75 is only $300.
On the other end of the spectrum, top performers in terms of employment rate exceeding 90%. And in terms of remuneration, law degrees from SMU and NUS stands out from the rest with a median pay of above $5000.
Degrees that gave graduates 100% employment after graduation.
|Qualification||University||Faculty||Year of survey||Employment Rate||25th Percentile||Median||75th Percentile|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery||NUS||Faculty of Dentistry||2013||100.00%||$4,000||$4,000||$4,400|
|Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons)||NUS||Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine||2013||100.00%||$3,000||$3,025||$3,200|
|Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||NUS||Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine||2013||100.00%||$4,500||$4,500||$5,200|
|Science (with Education)||NTU||National Institute of Education (NIE)||2013||100.00%||$3,300||$3,498||$3,800|
|Arts (with Education)||NTU||National Institute of Education (NIE)||2013||100.00%||$3,400||$3,498||$3,575|
|Law (4-year programme)||SMU||School of Law||2013||100.00%||$4,500||$5,000||$6,000|
|Law (4-year programme) (cum laude & above)||SMU||School of Law||2013||100.00%||$4,750||$5,547||$6,400|
To view more on the released data, visit http://sgratrace.appspot.com and compare for yourself on the released data of GES 2013.