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Starting salaries and employment rates of fresh grads from SIT and SUTD's Class of 2022

Starting salaries and employment rates of fresh grads from SIT and SUTD's Class of 2022

This year, more than nine in 10 graduates from SIT and SUTD were employed within six months of completing their education.

The results of the annual Joint Autonomous Universities Graduate Employment Survey (JAUGES), conducted by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have been released. 

The JAUGES is conducted by Singapore's six autonomous universities annually to survey the employment status of graduates around six months after the completion of their final examinations. Due to their different academic calendars, NUS, NTU, SMU and SUSS conduct their surveys in November each year, while SUTD and SIT conduct their surveys in February and March, respectively.

Between 1 March and 14 May 2023, 78.4%, or 1,719 SIT graduates, participated in the survey of the total 2,193 graduates across 35 degree programmes from SIT and its eight overseas university partners. Meanwhile, 388 full-time and 81 follow-up graduates from SUTD were surveyed in February 2023, with an overall response rate of 77.3% and 70.4% respectively.

This year, over nine in ten graduates from SIT and SUTD were employed within six months of completing their education.

Singapore Institute of Technology

Overall, 91.6% of SIT graduates in the labour force were employed within six months of graduation. Breaking it down, 86.6% secured full-time permanent employment — an increase from the previous cohort.

Looking at salary, the mean gross monthly salary of SIT graduates in full-time permanent employment also rose to S$4,160 in 2022 from S$3,775 in 2021. Similarly, the median gross monthly salary of graduates in full-time permanent employment was S$3,950 in 2022, up from S$3,550 in 2021.

By field of study, SIT graduates from the computer science in real-time interactive simulation, sustainable infrastructure engineering (building services), diagnostic radiography, and naval architecture degree programmes achieved 100% overall employment rate, while those from hospitality business, pharmaceutical engineering, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, information and communications technology (ICT) (information security), and ICT (software engineering) degree programmes achieved above 95% overall employment. The pioneer cohort of graduates from the Air Transport Management degree programme achieved an overall employment rate of 90%.

Highest-earning courses by median gross monthly salary:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation: S$5,500
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Information & Communications Technology (Software Engineering): S$5,200
  • SIT-University of Glasgow, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing Science: S$5,000

[Full list here]

Singapore University of Design and Technology

The overall employment rate remained high amongst SUTD graduates, with 91.5% being employed within six months of their final examinations. Breaking it down, 87.6% students secured full-time permanent employment.

Of those who are full-time permanently employed, 54.9% received multiple (two or more) job offers and more than a third (34.5% in 2022, compared to 24% in 2021) received return job offers arising from their internships.

The mean gross monthly salary of SUTD’s fresh graduates in full-time permanent employment noted growth, reaching S$5,102 in 2022, compared to S$4,730 in 2021; and the median gross monthly salary increased to S$4,800 in 2022, compared to S$4,500 in 2021.

Some of the top hiring sectors include information & communication, financial & insurance, and scientific research & development, where over 55% of graduates secured full-time permanent employment.

Highest-earning courses by median gross monthly salary:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science and Design): S$5,190
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design): S$4,500

[Full list here]


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