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Poly Grads Continue to Command Higher Pay in 2012

09 Jan 2013

Latest survey shows increase in starting salaries for graduates in full-time permanent employment

 

Singapore, 9 January 2013 – The Graduate Employment Survey, jointly conducted by the five polytechnics in 2012, revealed that polytechnic graduates who are currently in the workforce have enjoyed an increase in starting salaries. This increase applies to both fresh graduates and post-National Service (NS) graduates.

 

The employment rate also remains high at 91.0% for fresh graduates, and 93.1% for post-NS graduates. The percentage engaged in full-time permanent employment rate was 65.4% for fresh graduates and 77.8% for post-NS graduates.

 

The higher starting salaries of graduates attest to the strong value of a polytechnic education, and show how employers continue to appreciate skilled polytechnic graduates.

 

Fresh Graduates

A total of 9,982 fresh graduates took part in the Survey. As at 1 October 2012, the overall employment rate was 91.0%, compared to 92.1% in 2011. The proportion of economically active[1] fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment[2] was 65.4%, compared to 67.0% in 2011 (refer to Appendix I: Exhibit 1).

 

Median gross monthly salary among fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment was $1,950, compared to $1,850 in 2011 (refer to Appendix I: Exhibit 2).

 

Post-National Service Graduates 

Among the 4,347 post-NS respondents, the overall employment rate was 93.1%, compared to 94.7% in 2011. The proportion of economically active post-NS graduates holding full-time permanent jobs was 77.8% compared to 80.1% in 2011 (refer to Appendix I: Exhibit 1).

 

The median gross monthly salary of post-NS graduates in full-time permanent employment was $2,253, compared to $2,100 in 2011, (refer to Appendix I: Exhibit 2).

 

Gross Monthly Salaries by Course Categories

Among the fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment, the course categories with the highest median gross salaries are from the Health Sciences ($2,000) and Built Environment, Engineering & Maritime ($2,000) courses. Among post-NS graduates in full-time permanent employment, the course categories which commanded the highest median gross salaries are: Health Sciences ($2,429); Business, Management, Design & Others ($2,400); and Built Environment, Engineering & Maritime ($2,300)

 

Course Category [3]

Gross Monthly Salary [4] (SGD)

Fresh Graduates

Post-NS Graduates

Mean

Median

Mean

Median

Applied Sciences

$1,927

$1,850

$2,268

$2,100

Built Environment, Engineering, & Maritime

$2,065

$2,000

$2,476

$2,300

Business, Management, Design, & Others

$1,939

$1,850

$2,604

$2,400

Health Sciences

$2,093

$2,000

$2,571

$2,429

Hybrid Courses

$1,977

$1,850

$2,494

$2,220

Information & Digital Technologies

$1,972

$1,900

$2,385

$2,200

All Courses

$2,007

$1,950

$2,474

$2,253


Background Facts about the Survey 

  • The annual Graduate Employment Survey is jointly conducted by Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Singapore and Temasek polytechnics to ascertain the employment status of polytechnic graduates.   
  • The 2012 Survey was conducted between October and November 2012 and attracted a total of 14,329 respondents.  They were asked to respond based on their employment status on 1 October 2012. 
  • The respondents comprised fresh graduates who completed their studies in 2012 and were not liable for National Service after graduation, and post-NS graduates of 2009 who completed their full-time National Service between 1 April  2011 and 31 March 2012.

More details of the survey findings can be found in Appendix I.


Media Release Issued by

Nanyang Polytechnic

Mr Felix Siew

Tel: 6550 0354 / 9382 7107

Email: felix_siew@nyp.gov.sg


Other Media Contacts

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Ms Sadiah Ahmad

Tel: 6460 6232 / 9054 0157

Email: sadia@np.edu.sg

 

Republic  Polytechnic

Ms Natalie Goh

Tel: 9125 9385

Email: natalie_goh@rp.edu.sg

 

Singapore Polytechnic

Ms Teo Hung Noi

Tel: 6772 1350 / 9670 9088

Email: hungnoi@sp.edu.sg

Temasek Polytechnic

Ms Corinne Teo

Tel: 6780 6974

Email: coryteo@tp.edu.sg

 

 

APPENDIX I: KEY EMPLOYMENT INDICATORS


Exhibit 1. Employment Rate

 

 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.

 

Part-time Employment refers to employment of less than 35 hours a week.

 

Temporary Employment refers to casual, interim or seasonal employment, including those on contracts of less than one year.

 

Exhibit 2. Median Gross Monthly Salary of Graduates in Full-Time Permanent Employment

 

 

Gross Salary refers to the sum of the basic salary, overtime payments, commissions, allowances and other regular cash payments.  However, it excludes employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments and payments-in-kind.

 

 

APPENDIX II: LIST OF COURSE CATEGORIES & DIPLOMA COURSES SURVEYED


APPLIED SCIENCES

Applied Food Science & Nutrition; Food Science; Food Science & Technology(NYP, SP, TP)

Baking & Culinary Science (TP)

Biologics & Process Technology (NYP)

Biomedical Lab Technology; Biomedical Science; Biomedical Sciences (NP, RP, SP, TP)

Biotechnology; Molecular Biotechnology (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Chemical & Green Technology (NYP)

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology (NYP)

Chemical Process Technology (SP)

Consumer Science & Technology (TP)

Environmental Science (RP)

Horticulture & Landscape Management (NP)

Materials Science (RP)

Nutrition, Health & Wellness (SP)

Pharmacy Science; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Pharmaceutical Science  (NYP, NP, RP, TP)

Veterinary Technology (TP)

 

BUILT ENVIRONMENT, ENGINEERING & MARITIME

Aeronautical Engineering; Aerospace Technology; Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology; Aerospace Engineering (Quality Systems); Aerospace Engineering   (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Aerospace Avionics; Aerospace Electronics; Aerospace Systems and Management  (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Architecture (SP)

Audio-Visual Technology (NP)

Bioelectronics; Bioengineering; Biomedical Electronics; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Informatics & Engineering (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Building & Real Estate Management; Real Estate Business (NP, SP)

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chemical Engineering (NP, SP, TP)

Civil & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Structural Engineering (NP, SP)

Civil Aviation (RP)

Civil Engineering and Management (SP)

Clean Energy; Clean Energy Management (SP, NP, TP)

Computer & Network Technology; Computer Engineering (SP)

Computer Engineering; Electronics; Electronic & Computer Engineering, Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Communications and Automation Electronics; Electronics, Computer & Communications Engineering; Electronics Engineering; Microelectronics; Media & Communication Technology; Telecommunications (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Digital & Precision Engineering (NYP)

Digital Entertainment Electronics(RP)

Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Electrical Engineering (NP, SP)

Environmental & Water Technology;  Environmental Management & Water Technology (NP, SP)

Facilities Management for Business; Integrated Facility Design & Management; Leisure & Business Facilities Management; Property Development & Facilities Management (NP, SP, TP)

Industrial and Operations Management (RP)

Info-Communications; Information Communication Technology (SP, TP)

Integrated Events & Project Management (SP)

Intelligent Building Technology (TP)

Landscape Architecture (SP)

Manufacturing Engineering (NYP)

Marine & Offshore Technology (NP)

Marine Engineering (SP)

Mechanical Engineering (NP, SP)

Mechatronic Engineering; Mechatronics; Mechatronics Engineering (NYP, NP, SP, TP)

Micro and Nanotechnology; Nanotechnology & Materials Science (NYP; RP)

Multimedia & InfoComm Technology; Telematics & Media Technology (NYP)

Product Design & Innovation (NP )

Quality Management & Engineering (NP)

Resort Facilities Services and Management (SP)

Supply Chain Management (RP)

 

BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, DESIGN & OTHERS

Accountancy; Accountancy & Finance; Accounting & Finance (NYP, NP, SP, TP)

Advertising & Public Relations; Communications & Media Management; Mass Communication; Media & Communication; Media Studies & Management; New Media (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, DESIGN & OTHERS (cont.)

Apparel Design & Merchandising (TP)

Applied Drama & Psychology (SP)

Banking & Financial Services (NYP, NP, SP)

Business and Social Enterprise (NP)

Business; Business Administration; Business Management; Business Studies; International Business (NYP, NP, SP, TP)

Chinese Studies; Chinese Media & Communication (NP)

Communication and Information Design (RP)

Creative Media Design; Visual Communication (NYP, SP, TP)

Creative Writing for TV & New Media (SP)

Culinary & Catering Management (TP)

Customer Relationship and Service Management (RP)

Design for Interactivity (RP)

Digital Media Design; Digital Media Design (Animation); Digital Media Design (Games); Digital Media Design (Interaction Design); Digital Visual Effects; Film, Sound & Video; Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design; Moving Images (NYP, NP, TP)

Early Childhood Education; Child Psychology & Early Education (NP)

Environment Design (TP)

Experience & Product Design (SP)

Fund Management & Administration (NYP)

Game Design (RP)

Gerontological Management Studies

Hospitality and Resort Management; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Hotel and Hospitality Management; Integrated Events Management; Leisure & Resort Management; Tourism & Resort Management (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Human Resource Management with Psychology (SP)

Industrial Design; Product & Industrial Design (NYP, TP)

Interactive Media Design (TP)

Interior Architecture & Design; Interior Design; Space & Interior Design; Retail & Hospitality Design (NYP, SP, TP)

Law & Management (TP)

Logistics & Operations Management (TP)

Maritime Transportation Management (SP)

Marketing; Retail Management (NYP, TP)

Nautical studies (SP)

Outdoor and Adventure Learning (RP)

Psychology & Community Services; Psychology Studies (NP, TP)

Sports & Leisure Management; Sport & Wellness Management (NYP, RP)

Technology and Arts Management (RP)

 

HEALTH SCIENCES

Dental Hygiene & Therapy (NYP)

Diagnostic Radiography; Radiation Therapy (NYP)

Health Sciences (Nursing); Nursing (NYP, NP)

Occupational Therapy (NYP)

Optometry (NP, SP)

Physiotherapy (NYP)

Sports & Exercise Sciences (RP)

 

HYBRID COURSES

Aviation Management & Services (TP)

Business Application; Business Computing; Business Informatics; Business Information Systems; Business Information Technology (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Business Process & Systems Engineering; Engineering with Business (SP, TP)

Engineering Informatics (NP)

Financial Informatics; Financial Business Informatics (NYP, NP, TP, SP)

Game & Entertainment Technology (TP)

Game Design & Development (SP)

Interactive Media Technology (TP)

International Supply Chain Management (NP)

Logistics Management (NP)

 

INFORMATION & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Business Enterprise IT (NYP)

Cyber & Digital Security; Infocomm Security Management; Information Security; Network Systems and Security (NYP, NP, SP, TP)

Digital Entertainment Technology; Digital Entertainment Technology(Games) (NYP)

Digital Media; Interactive & Digital Media; Internet & Multimedia Development; Multimedia & Animation; Multimedia Technology (NP, RP, SP, TP)

Digital Visual Effects (NYP)

Engineering Informatics (NYP)

Information Technology (NYP, NP, RP, SP, TP)

Interactive Media Informatics (TP)

IT Service Management (RP)

Mobile & Wireless Computing; Mobile Business Solutions (NP, TP)

Music & Audio Technology, Sonic Arts (RP, SP)



[1]   Economically active graduates refer to those who were working or looking for employment.

[2]   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.

[3]    Appendix II lists all diploma courses under each course category.

[4]   Gross salary refers to the sum of the basic salary, overtime payments, commissions, allowances and other regular cash payments.  However, it excludes employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments and payments-in-kind.