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Latest Fresh Poly Graduate Salary Guide for 2022: Here's How Much Poly Graduates Are Earning

profileJoel Koh

If you are a polytechnic graduate, potential polytechnic student or know someone in these two categories, listen up.

On 13 January 2022, the results of the 2021 Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey (GES) were released.

This survey which was jointly conducted by Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic, showed that things are improving for fresh polytechnic graduates. 

For example, a little over 9 in 10 (92%) polytechnic graduates managed to find jobs within six months after graduating or completing their National Service (NS) in 2021 — an almost 5% increase from 87.4% in 2020 when Singapore was struck by a recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, the median gross monthly salary for polytechnic graduates who secured permanent full-time jobs was $2,500 in 2021, up from $2,400 in 2020.

Well, you might be wondering how is this relevant.

Well, this article will equip you with the knowledge that will help you:

  • Choose your polytechnic course as pay is one of the many factors you should consider. Other factors like your interest, aptitude for the course and the career prospects for course graduates should be considered as well.
  • Manage your salary expectations before an interview
  • Gain clarity about the situations of your peers and those that came before you
  • RECOGNISE YOUR WORTH.
Source: Rachel Sheerin | Giphy

 


TL;DR – Latest Poly Graduates Salary Guide For 2022

Course ClusterFresh GraduatesPost-NS GraduatesAll
201920202021201920202021201920202021
Arts, Design & Media$2,200$2,000$2,100$2,400$2,500$2,500$2,200$2,100$2,200
Built Environment$2,300$2,230$2,350$2,500$2,500$2,550$2,300$2,345$2,400
Business$2,155$2,100$2,200$2,500$2,500$2,519$2,270$2,200$2,300
Engineering$2,350$2,300$2,400$2,550$2,500$2,700$2,470$2,450$2,500
Health Sciences$2,580$2,550$2,625$2,627$2,698$2,800$2,600$2,553$2,650
Humanities & Social Sciences$2,400$2,500$2,500$2,656$2,580$2,500$2,450$2,500$2,500
Information & Digital Technologies$2,300$2,300$2,500$2,600$2,600$2,700$2,450$2,500$2,600
Sciences$2,023$2,120$2,200$2,500$2,500$2,607$2,125$2,250$2,250
Overall$2,300$2,350$2,400$2,540$2,500$2,614$2,400$2,400$2,500

Source: Polytechnic Graduate Survey 2021


Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey 2021 Methodology

The polytechnics managed to get 9,025 out of 11,928 or about 76% of all polytechnic graduates who graduated in 2021 to respond to the survey.

In addition, the polytechnics managed to get 5,191 out of 8,875 or about 58% of all graduates from the 2018 batch who completed their full-time NS training from 1 April 1, 2020, and 31 March 2021 to respond to the survey too.

Source: The Online Citizen

In case you would like to know why the surveyors used the median gross monthly salary, here’s why:

  • Mean: An average of the salaries
  • Median: The 50th Percentile, meaning the “central” graduate amongst everyone.

Median is a more accurate reference as data of the salaries received are not symmetrically distributed.

Also, the Ministry of Manpower defines gross monthly salary as:

gross monthly wages or salaries before deduction of employee CPF contributions and personal income tax. It comprises basic wages, overtime pay, commissions, tips, other allowances and one-twelfth of annual bonuses.

An important thing to note is that this guide is not a super exact be-all and end-all of what kind of salary a fresh polytechnic graduate should get.

But, it should still prove very helpful in negotiating your salary and help in your decision making when it comes to your studies and career.

Here are the results of the survey.

Poly Graduates Employment Numbers 2019 – 2021

Here are the polytechnic graduate employment numbers for 2019 – 2021.

Proportion of Respondents in the Labour Force who
were:
Fresh GraduatesPost-NS (PNS) GraduatesCombined (Fresh & PNS) Graduates
201920202021201920202021201920202021
Employed89.10%85.40%91.40%94.10%91.90%94.20%90.70%87.40%92.20%
In Full-Time
Permanent
Employment
56.60%45.80%56.00%70.70%65.50%63.30%61.10%52.00%58.10%
Freelancing2.90%2.80%3.40%6.70%6.00%7.80%4.10%3.80%4.70%
In Part-
Time/Temporary
Employment
29.60%36.80%31.9% (1)16.70%20.40%23.2% (2)25.50%31.60%29.4% (3)
In Part-
Time/Temporary
Employment (Voluntary)
27.30%32.80%30.30%14.60%17.10%20.90%23.20%27.90%27.60%
In Part-
Time/Temporary
Employment (Involuntary)
2.30%3.90%1.60%2.10%3.30%2.30%2.30%3.80%1.80%
Unemployed10.90%14.60%8.60%5.90%8.10%5.80%9.30%12.60%7.80%
Unemployed but starting work soon or actively
starting a business venture
2.80%3.40%2.90%1.40%1.90%1.40%2.30%2.90%2.50%
Unemployed
and still looking
for a job
8.10%11.20%5.70%4.60%6.20%4.40%7.00%9.60%5.30%
Median Gross Monthly Salary of those who are in Full-Time
Permanent Employment
$2,300$2,350$2,400$2,540$2,500$2,614$2,400$2,400$2,500

Source: Polytechnic Graduate Survey 2021

Note: The percentages may not add up due to rounding off.
(1) Of these, 2.0% of respondents are on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
(2) Of these, 2.7% of respondents are on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme
(3) Of these, 2.2% of respondents are on the SGUnited Traineeships Programme

Most notably, about half the polytechnic graduates in part-time/temporary employment were concurrently pursuing or preparing to begin further studies. This is consistent with the trend in previous years.

Poly Graduates Salary by Courses 2019 – 2021

Course ClusterFresh GraduatesPost-NS GraduatesAll
201920202021201920202021201920202021
Arts, Design & Media$2,200$2,000$2,100$2,400$2,500$2,500$2,200$2,100$2,200
Built Environment$2,300$2,230$2,350$2,500$2,500$2,550$2,300$2,345$2,400
Business$2,155$2,100$2,200$2,500$2,500$2,519$2,270$2,200$2,300
Engineering$2,350$2,300$2,400$2,550$2,500$2,700$2,470$2,450$2,500
Health Sciences$2,580$2,550$2,625$2,627$2,698$2,800$2,600$2,553$2,650
Humanities & Social Sciences$2,400$2,500$2,500$2,656$2,580$2,500$2,450$2,500$2,500
Information & Digital Technologies$2,300$2,300$2,500$2,600$2,600$2,700$2,450$2,500$2,600
Sciences$2,023$2,120$2,200$2,500$2,500$2,607$2,125$2,250$2,250
Overall$2,300$2,350$2,400$2,540$2,500$2,614$2,400$2,400$2,500

Source: Polytechnic Graduate Survey 2021

With the Health Sciences and Information & Digital Technologies industry booming, it is little wonder that the median gross monthly salaries of graduates from these courses have been consistently higher than the overall median for all graduates.

Also,: here are how the courses are classified:

Source: Polytechnic Graduate Survey 2021

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