Fewer Poly Grads Securing Jobs But Monthly Pay Remains the Same

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Every year, the polytechnics in Singapore jointly conduct a survey to find out the career prospects of polytechnic graduates.

And this year is no different.

On 12 Jan 2021, the results of the annual Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey was revealed.

Fewer Poly Grads Securing Jobs But Monthly Pay Remains the Same

In 2019, 90.7% of polytechnic graduates were employed within six months of graduation.

It has dropped to 87.4% due to the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting the job market.

Of those who are employed, 52% are employed full-time, a drop from 61.1% in 2019.

But the good news is, the median income for polytechnic graduates who are employed full-time remains the same at S$2,400 monthly.

The survey, which is jointly conducted by Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, collected responses from 7,360 polytechnic graduates.

Higher Pay In 3 Sectors

Now, if you’re going to enter polytechnic soon and you have no idea what sector to go for, this might just be the guide you’re looking for.

According to the survey, the graduates who pull in the most money monthly belong to the engineering, information and digital technologies and health sciences.

Graduates in these three areas have consistently earned higher median gross salaries over the past three years.

The principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic Clarence Ti added that while the Covid-19 pandemic is disruptive, there are still opportunities for graduates in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Infocomm Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • E-commerce

Increase In Part-Time Employment

The number of polytechnic graduates, however, has increased in part-time employment.

In 2019, it was 25.5%.

In 2020, it has increased to 31.1%.

About one-sixth of the graduates in part-time or temporary employment is on the SGUnited Traineeship programme, a 12-month programme which helps graduates find host companies for attachments or trainings.


You can find out more about SGUnited Jobs and Skills Training here.

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