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Poly grads earn more, but take longer to find jobs: Survey

TODAY reports: Health Sciences polytechnic graduates who have completed National Service earn the highest median monthly gross salary of S$2,610, according to the 2015 Graduate Employment Survey.

SINGAPORE: Polytechnic graduates who found permanent full-time jobs earned higher salaries in 2015 than the previous year, but they also took longer to find jobs.

Results from the 2015 Graduate Employment Survey, jointly conducted by the five polytechnics, released on Friday (Jan 8) revealed that the the median gross monthly salary was S$2,100, up 5 per cent from S$2,000 in 2014.


Those from the Health Sciences and Built Environment, Engineering and Maritime course categories earned more than their peers. Health Sciences polytechnic graduates who have completed National Service earn the highest median monthly gross salary of S$2,610, the findings showed.

The survey also revealed that 88.9 per cent of respondents found a job within first 6 months compared to 89.2 per cent in 2014.

Thirty-one per cent were working part-time or temporarily compared to 29.8 per cent in 2014, with the majority opting to do so because they were pursuing or preparing to start further studies.


More than 10,000 took part in the 2015 survey out of nearly 14,000 graduates for the year. They were asked about their employment status around six months after final exams. 

Read the original TODAY report here