The charts compare the time series starting pay and employment rate of graduates from the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs).

Source: Manpower Research and Statistical Department, Ministry of Manpower Report on Wages 2011 Table 9, Polytechnic Graduate Employment Survey 2012. 2012 data not available yet for Universities and ITE.


  • Nominal increase in starting pay is lagging behind inflation.
  • The starting pay of ITE graduates has been stagnating over the period 2008 - 2011.
  • The starting pay of Poly graduates has been stagnating over the period 2007 - 2010, with a recent uptick.
  • Downward trend in employment rate despite higher starting pay - perhaps graduates feel the pressure to pursue further studies in favour of better long term career prospects.