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Graduate Employment Survey shows less than half of private school graduates secure full-time jobs within six months of their graduation

Results from the Private Education Institution (PEI) Graduate Employment Survey (GES), announced on Tuesday (3 April), showed that less than half of private school students found full-time jobs within six months of their graduation.

The survey which was conducted from November 2017 to February 2018, saw thirty-seven per cent of the 10,171 students that graduated from full-time external degree programmes between May 2016 and April 2017 responding to the survey, most of whom were fresh graduates.

The survey findings do not cover part-time students and mature learners, as the GES is meant to reflect the employment outcomes for new entrants into the labour force. 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 condition.

According to the survey, only 47.4 percent of the survey respondents obtained full-time permanent employment in the six months. Overall, 79 percent found work, which includes permanent, freelance and part-time jobs.

Meanwhile, the survey showed that full-time permanent employment rate for the autonomous universities, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, was 78.4 percent, while that for post-National Service polytechnic graduates was 64 percent.

According to the survey, the median gross monthly salary of private school graduates working in full-time jobs was S$2,650, while that of fresh autonomous university graduates and post-National Service polytechnic graduates were S$3,400 and S$2,480 respectively.