GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

962 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 1 November 2021 to 28 February 2022, and the overall response rate was 70.4%.

NAFA: 2021 GES Employment Rates and Median Gross Monthly Salary of Diploma and Degree graduates

NAFA Overall
Employment Rate1
Full-Time Permanent (FTP)
Employment Rate2
Proportion of graduates
in the labour force who are freelancing
Median Gross
Monthly Salary3
Degree 78.7% 43.9% 12.2% $2,500
Visual and Applied Arts 77.5% 46.4% 8.7% $2,500
Performing Arts 84.6%* 30.8%* 30.8%* $2,750^
Diploma 80.3% 44.0% 8.5% $2,300
Visual and Applied Arts 78.3% 44.8% 7.2% $2,200
Performing Arts 92.1% 39.5% 15.8% $2,350*
Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

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

Degree

Overall Employment Rate1
78.7%

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
43.9%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
12.2%

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,500


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate1
77.5%

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
46.4%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
8.7%

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,500


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate1
84.6%*

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
30.8%*

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
30.8%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,750^


Diploma

Overall Employment Rate1
80.3%

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
44.0%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
8.5%

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,300


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate1
78.3%

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
44.8%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
7.2%

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,200


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate1
92.1%

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment Rate2
39.5%

Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are freelancing
15.8%

Median Gross Monthly Salary3
$2,350*

Source: Graduate Employment Survey jointly conducted by NAFA and LASALLE

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



GES 2019 - 2021 Topline Employment Results

  Degree Diploma
NAFA 2019 2020 2021 2019 2020 2021
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed 67.0% 69.9% 78.7% 71.4% 72.4% 80.3%
Full-Time Permanent Employment 43.8% 34.1% 43.9% 31.7% 25.1% 44.0%

Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2019 - 2021

GES 2019 - 2021 Topline Employment Results

NAFA

Degree
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2019
67.0%

2020
69.9%

2021
78.7%


NAFA

Degree
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2019
43.8%

2020
34.1%

2021
43.9%


NAFA

Diploma
Proportion of graduates in the labour force who are employed

2019
71.4%

2020
72.4%

2021
80.3%


NAFA

Diploma
Full-Time Permanent Employment

2019
31.7%

2020
25.1%

2021
44.0%


Source: Graduate Employment Survey 2019 - 2021

Notes:
  1. Overall Employment Rate refers 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 of 1st Nov 2021 (i.e., approximately six months after completing their final examinations). It includes all types of full-time, part-time, temporary and freelance employment.

  2. Full-Time Permanent Employment 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.

  3. Gross Monthly Salary pertains only to graduates in full-time permanent employment. 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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