GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

839 graduates from NAFA were surveyed from 9 November 2018 to 11 January 2019, and the overall response rate obtained was 76%.

NAFA: 2018 GES Employment Rates1 and Salaries of Diploma and Degree graduates

NAFA Overall
Employment Rate2
Full-Time Permanent
Employment Rate3
Working on a Freelance Basis Median Gross
Monthly Salary4
Degree 81.1% 43.4% 15.1% $2,450
Visual and Applied Arts 79.8% 46.1% 11.2% $2,400
Performing Arts 88.2%* 29.4%* 35.3%* $2,600*^
Diploma 79.7% 41.9% 10.1% $2,000
Visual and Applied Arts 77.5% 42.2% 7.8% $2,000
Performing Arts 100.0%* 39.1%* 30.4%* $1,900*^
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
81.1%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
43.4%

Working on a Freelance Basis
15.1%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,450


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
79.8%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
46.1%

Working on a Freelance Basis
11.2%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,400


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
88.2%*

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
29.4%*

Working on a Freelance Basis
35.3%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,600*^


Diploma

Overall Employment Rate2
79.7%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
41.9%

Working on a Freelance Basis
10.1%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,000


Visual and Applied Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
77.5%

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
42.2%

Working on a Freelance Basis
7.8%

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$2,000


Performing Arts

Overall Employment Rate2
100.0%*

Full-Time Permanent Employment Rate3
39.1%*

Working on a Freelance Basis
30.4%*

Median Gross Monthly Salary4
$1,900*^

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



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 2018 (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.

Click here to view list of NAFA diploma and degree courses surveyed.