Amidst tough economy, prospects and salary up for poly grads

Even in a challenging economy, polytechnic graduates were reported to see better job prospects than their seniors and commanded higher salaries.

According to the latest graduate employment survey, 90.7 percent of graduates who entered the workforce last year found permanent, freelance or part-time jobs within six months of graduation. This is an increase of 1.2% from the 2018 batch. 

If you’re wondering which course did better, look no further than the Health Science cluster. Those who graduate with diplomas in nursing, optometry and pharmaceutical science have earned more than graduates from other courses since 2017. 

It is not just the polytechnics, the healthy employment trend is realised across Singapore. One of the reason why youth employment in Singapore is low, is because schools work very closely with industry partners. This allows the schools to train students in relevant skills that are in demand, not just at present but for the future. Graduates are reported to have the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the economy, and are able to find good jobs and enjoy fulfilling careers.

Six months after graduation or completing NS, more than 9 in 10 students who are economically active were employed, higher than 2017 and 2018. Graduates in full-time permanent jobs drew higher salaries with a median pay of $2400 per month again an improvement compared to 2017 and 2018.

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