GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

905 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 5 November 2020 to 12 March 2021, and the overall response rate was 74%.

NAFA: 2020 GES Employment Rates1 and Median Gross Monthly Salary of Diploma and Degree graduates

NAFA Overall
Employment Rate2
Full-Time Permanent
Employment Rate3
Proportion of graduates
in thelabour force who are freelancing
Median Gross
Monthly Salary4
Degree 69.9% 34.1% 14.6% $2,500
Visual and Applied Arts 68.4% 35.7% 13.3% $2,500
Performing Arts 76.0%* 28.0%* 20.0%* $3,000^
Diploma 72.4% 25.1% 13.8% $2,000
Visual and Applied Arts 70.2% 23.4% 12.7% $2,000
Performing Arts 85.3% 35.3% 20.6% $2,250*

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

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

Degree

Overall Employment Rate2
69.9%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
34.1%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
14.6%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,500


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
68.4%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
35.7%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
13.3%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,500


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
76.0%*

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
28.0%*

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
20.0%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$3,000^


Diploma

Overall Employment Rate2
72.4%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
25.1%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
13.8%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,000


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
70.2%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
23.4%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
12.7%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,000


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
85.3%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
35.3%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
20.6%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,250*

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

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



GES 2018 - 2020 Topline Employment Results

  Degree Diploma
NAFA 2018 2019 2020 2018 2019 2020
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed 81.1% 67.0% 69.9% 79.7% 71.4% 72.4%
Full-Time Permanent Employment 43.4% 43.8% 34.1% 41.9% 31.7% 25.1%

Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2018 - 2020

GES 2018 - 2020 Topline Employment Results

NAFA

Degree
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2018
81.1%

2019
67.0%

2020
69.9%


NAFA

Degree
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2018
43.4%

2019
43.8%

2020
34.1%


NAFA

Diploma
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2018
79.7%

2019
71.4%

2020
72.4%


NAFA

Diploma
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2018
41.9%

2019
31.7%

2020
25.1%


Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2018 - 2020

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 2020 (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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