PwC is top employer for graduates in S'pore

PHOTO: PwC is top employer for graduates in S'pore

SINGAPORE - Professional services firm PwC has been ranked Singapore's top graduate employer for the second year running, a large-scale survey has found.

Conducted by GTI Media, the poll aims to determine the top 100 employers of graduates in the past year.

Oil and energy giant Shell came in second while staturory board A*STAR Research came in third.

More details are available in the press release below:

The country's 100 leading graduate employers for 2012 were revealed during the Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards & Conference at the M Hotel this afternoon.

PwC, one of the Big 4 accounting firms, has topped the rankings for the second year running.

The 2011 winner beat back the challenge from Shell and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), who rounded out the top three.

For the full rankings and information on last year's survey findings, please go to:

The full results will also be published in Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers 2012 directory, which will be distributed to top universities in Singapore and abroad in 2013.

Sampling size

Close to 3,600 students and fresh graduates took part in the trendence Graduate Barometer 2012 this year, making it the largest survey of its kind in Singapore. The results of the survey determined the rankings of Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers for 2012.

Conducted by GTI Media and powered by trendence, Europe's leading research institute, the annual survey was held over a period of six months from April to September 2012.

Among other things, the survey recorded a much a greater level of awareness and recognition of the Singapore's 100 Leading Graduate Employers brand amongst both respondents and graduate employers.

Survey highlights

The survey sheds light on the latest graduate recruitment trends in Singapore.

In 2012, the top characteristics that students and fresh graduates looked for in a first employer were: 

  • Good career prospects
  • Personal development
  • Being appreciated at work

These findings strengthened and supported the demands and expectations of students and graduates from last year, as the 2011 respondents chose professional/career development, personal development and work-life balance as top reasons for employer attractiveness.

This year's respondents varied per sector in terms of their working hours at their first job.

Students who come from a Corporate background were willing to put in 46.6 hours a week, whereas their Engineering/IT counterparts expected to work shorter hours at 44.2 hours a week.

On average, respondents expected to be paid more or less the same for their efforts (S$3,173 per month in 2012 compared with S$3,157in 2011).

Awards and Conference This year, we shifted from the formal gala/awards night celebration that we have been accustomed to do into a full-day awards and conference event to establish a more insightful experience to participants.

For the conference segment, speakers comprising recruiters, university career advisors, industry experts and training providers were present to share their insights about graduate recruitment-related issues with conference delegates.

Among the speakers were Clodagh Bannigan (Alexander Mann Solutions), David Barrett (Cut-e), Gary Chua (PwC), Allen Joseph Pathmarajah (AJP Advisers Group), Corrine Ong (NUS Career Centre), Adrian Tan (RecruitPlus), Pha, Quynh Loan (AIESEC Singapore), Loh Pui Wah (NTU), Anna Fourie (Microsoft) and Kristi Robson (Barclays).