Singapore's Committee for Private Education released the results of its Private Education Institution (PEI) Graduate Employment Survey (GES) on November 15, finding that the overall employment rate of fresh graduates from PEIs six months after their final examinations was 84.3 per cent, including full-time, part-time, freelance, and contract work.
Surveying students from 40 PEIs, the survey was conducted in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore, where 32 per cent of the 11,003 graduates invited shared responses. Taking into account just full-time permanent employment, the employment rate was 60.1 per cent. In comparison, the corresponding figures for autonomous universities (AU - NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT) were 89.6 per cent and 79.9 per cent respectively.
The survey also showed that the median gross monthly salary of the graduates from PEIs in full-time permanent employment was S$2,550, compared to that of fresh AU graduates at S$3,325, and that of fresh and post-National Service polytechnic graduates at S$2,180 and S$2,517 respectively.
The following are the median gross monthly salaries for fresh graduates in PEIs:
Singapore Institute of Management - S$2,600
Kaplan Higher Education Academy - S$2,500
Curtin Education Centre - S$2,500
Management Development Institute of Singapore - S$2,450
Air Transport Training College - S$2,000
East Asia Institute of Management - S$1,950
SMF Institute of Higher Learning - S$2,400
James Cook University - S$2,150
Raffles College of Higher Education - S$2,400
ERC Institute - S$2,550
TMC Academy - S$2,650
Further, there are PEIs with less than 10 fresh graduate respondents, either due to small enrolment or low response rate. While their results are not reported, the PEIs are listed below.
PEIs with 10 or more graduates, but fewer than 10 respondents:
Auston Institute of Management
BMC International College
Dimensions International College
First Media Design School
Nanyang Institute of Management
Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre
Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
PEIs with fewer than 10 graduates from full-time EDPs:
Amity Global Institute
Beacon International College
ITC School of Laws
Singapore Raffles Music College
Teg International College
Brandon Lee, Director-General (Private Education), SkillsFuture Singapore, commented on future planning for private education in Singapore, "The Committee for Private Education will also continue to review its requirements periodically to ensure that consumers' interests are protected and PEIs meet minimum standards."