University graduates’ pay only $2,250?

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Isn’t graduates’ salary of $2,250 kind of low?

I refer to the article “SIT grads better paid, but more working part-time” (Straits Times, Oct 15).

It states that “But the number of graduates working part-time has also climbed to 12 per cent, compared with 7.6 per cent a year ago.

SIT asked if they had opted for part-time positions over full-time jobs and found that only 5.5 per cent of them had chosen to do so.”

Does this mean that 84.5 per cent of those in part-time jobs did so because they couldn’t find a full-time job?

Or does it mean that 5.5 of the 12 per cent or almost half of them chose to work part-time?

“Other universities are showing this trend as well.

In a joint graduate employment survey released in February by Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, 9.5 per cent of their graduates were working part-time last year, compared with 6.4 per cent in 2015.

Like SIT, nearly 90 per cent of the graduates of the three universities found work within six months of finishing their examinations.”

As to “Some SIT grads had opted for part-time work, including over 17 per cent of the food business management graduates with degrees from The Culinary Institute of America” – according to the Graduate Employment Survey – their full-time permanent employment rate was only 69 per cent, and the median basic salary was only $2,250.

Isn’t this a very low salary for a university graduate?

With regard to “The survey also found a higher number of part-timers among graduates from SIT’s communications design and interior design course” – the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Design’s full-time permanent employment rate was only 59.9 per cent, and the median basic salary was only $2,600.

Isn’t this a very low full-time permanent employment rate?

“Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said in March that there were about 200,000 freelancers here last year – about 9 per cent of resident employment. Of these, about 167,000 workers were “primary” freelancers, such as insurance agents and private-hire car drivers, who freelance as their main job.”

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.