Discuss wage expectations with employers before going for further education

Discuss wage expectations with employers before going for further education

SINGAPORE - Most working adults who attain their first bachelor's degree as adult learners expect to receive a 35 per cent increase in pay, a JobsCentral survey has found.

Another 23 per cent of respondents believed that they should receive an average pay rise of 50 per cent upon attaining their degree.

A total of 5,476 people took part in the 2012 JobsCentral Learning Rankings and Survey, which was held online from September to October this year.

Out of those who already have a degree, 24.5 per cent indicated that they expected to receive a 50 per cent increase or more in wages after obtaining post-graduate qualifications such as a Masters, PhD or MBA.

However, employers might not be able to meet the expectations of adult learners, warned Mr Lim Der Shing, CEO of JobsCentral Group.

"Most employers acknowledge their employees' new qualifications but will not automatically increase pay," he said

"Usually a pay increment will only be given if the employee is outperforming, underpaid or taking on new duties," he added.

Mr Lim said that it is important for adult learners to discuss wage expectations with their employers before signing up for a learning programme.

The survey also found that there has been a marginal increase in the proportion of respondents seeking further education, bucking a downward trend since 2009.

"There seems to be a co-relation between the number of workers seeking further education and the state of the economy, " Mr Lim said, explaining that 79.3 per cent of respondents in 2009 said they were keen on further education. However, fewer people responded the same way when the economy recovered from the recessions of 2009 in the next two years.

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