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High Employment Rates and Starting Salaries for SUTD’s Second Cohort of Graduates


The survey, as at 29 March 2017, revealed that more than nine in 10 SUTD fresh graduates were employed within six months of completing their final examinations despite a weaker economy. The mean gross monthly salary among SUTD’s fresh graduates employed in full-time permanent employment was $3,853 in 2016, compared to $3,709 in 2015. Some of the top hiring sectors include Information & Communication, Engineering Manufacturing, Financial & Insurance, and Public Administration & Defence.  

"The SUTD graduates who joined CAG have performed beyond expectations. They demonstrate three distinct qualities. First, they are eager to learn, and take in advice from colleagues before developing solutions. Second, they are able to collaborate with colleagues across the entire value chain, and third, after creating solutions, they enable others to execute them. These qualities put them in good stead to deal with complex issues."—​ Yam Kum Weng, Executive Vice President, Airport Development of Changi Airport Group (CAG)


246 graduates from SUTD were surveyed in Feb 2017 and the overall response rate obtained was 83.7%. 

SUTD: 2016 GES Employment Rates1 and Salaries of Graduates by Bachelor Degree

Degree Overall Employment
Rate2 (%)
Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3 (%) Basic Monthly Salary4 ($) Gross Monthly Salary5 ($)
Mean Median Mean Median  25th Percentile  75th Percentile
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) 87.0 79.7 $3,620 $3,500 $3,690 $3,600 $3,300 $3,750
Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) 91.9 91.9 $4,197 $4,000 $4,232 $4,000 $3,500 $4,950
Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) 100.0 93.5 $3,695  $3,600 $3,830  $3,650 $3,550  $4,200
Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design)  
Data on Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) graduates will be obtained from a follow-up survey on the graduates after they have completed their practical training.
 

Source: MOE’s Graduate Employment Survey 2016

 

Notes:

  1. The employment rates refer to the number of graduates employed as a proportion of graduates in the labour force (i.e. those who were working or not working but actively looking and available for work) as at 17 February 2017 (i.e. approximately six months after completing their final examinations).
  2. Overall employment includes all types of full-time, part-time, temporary and freelance employment.
  3. Full-time permanent employment refers to employment of at least 35 hours a week and where the employment is not temporary. It includes those on contracts of one year or more.
  4. Basic monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises basic pay before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, overtime payments, commissions, fixed allowances, other regular cash payments, lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.
  5. Gross monthly salary pertains only to full-time permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, overtime payments, commissions, fixed allowances and other regular cash payments, before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.