GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

914 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 1 November 2019 to 13 January 2020, and the overall response rate obtained was 74%.

NAFA: 2019 GES Employment Rates1 and Median Gross Monthly Salary of Diploma and Degree graduates

NAFA Overall
Employment Rate2
Full-Time Permanent
Employment Rate3
Working on a Freelance Basis Median Gross
Monthly Salary4
Degree 67.0% 43.8% 9.8% $2,500
Visual and Applied Arts 65.3% 45.9% 8.2% $2,600
Performing Arts 78.6%* 28.6%* 21.4%* $2,400^
Diploma 71.4% 31.7% 8.3% $2,000
Visual and Applied Arts 70.5% 32.2% 6.1% $2,050
Performing Arts 79.3%* 27.6%* 27.6%* $2,200^
Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

* based on fewer than 30 economically active graduates
^ based on fewer than 10 FTP employed graduates

Degree

Overall Employment Rate2
67.0%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
43.8%

Working on a Freelance Basis
9.8%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,500


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
65.3%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
45.9%

Working on a Freelance Basis
8.2%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,600


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
78.6%*

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
28.6%*

Working on a Freelance Basis
21.4%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,400^


Diploma

Overall Employment Rate2
71.4%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
31.7%

Working on a Freelance Basis
8.3%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,000


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
70.5%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
32.2%

Working on a Freelance Basis
6.1%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,050


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
79.3%*

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
27.6%*

Working on a Freelance Basis
27.6%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,200^

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

* based on fewer than 30 economically active graduates
^ based on fewer than 10 FTP employed graduates



  Degree Diploma
NAFA 2017 2018 2019 2017 2018 2019
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed 82.3% 81.1% 67.0% 73.4% 79.7% 71.4%
Full-Time Permanent Employment 50.0% 43.4% 43.8% 38.1% 41.9% 31.7%
Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2017 – 2019

NAFA

Degree
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2017
82.3%

2018
81.1%

2019
67.0%


NAFA

Degree
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2017
50.0%

2018
43.4%

2019
43.8%


NAFA

Diploma
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2017
73.4%

2018
79.7%

2019
71.4%


NAFA

Diploma
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2017
38.1%

2018
41.9%

2019
31.7%


Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2017 – 2019

Notes:
  1. 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 1 November 2019 (i.e. approximately six months after completing their final examinations). 

  2. Overall Employment Rate includes all types of full-time, part-time, temporary and freelance employment. 

  3. Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate 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. 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 central provident fund (CPF) contributions and personal income tax. Employer's CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded. 

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