Parliamentary Replies

September 04, 2020

Graduate Employment Survey

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms Raeesah Khan, Sengkang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether the Graduate Employment Survey (GES) can be extended to a five-year and ten-year period after graduation to enable longitudinal data analysis of wage outcomes for graduates of Private Education Institutions (PEIs) and Autonomous Universities (AUs); and (b) whether anonymised data from the GES for both AUs and PEIs can be shared with academics for research on the trends suggested by the data.

Response

1. The Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) have been conducting the Graduate Employment Survey (GES) annually to monitor the employment outcomes of their graduates six months after graduation. The Committee for Private Education (CPE) started coordinating a similar GES with the Private Education Institutions (PEIs) since 2014.

2. In general, the longer after graduation the survey is conducted, the more difficult it is to reach out to graduates who are already working and secure a sufficiently high response rate to ensure that the findings are robust. Nonetheless, MOE recognises the value of tracking longer-term employment outcomes beyond the initial six months, and therefore recently conducted a pilot with the Polytechnics last year to survey graduates who graduated five years ago. We will progressively extend this approach to the Autonomous Universities and ITE.

3. For the PEIs, they have found it challenging to obtain response rates for the existing GES conducted six months after graduation that are comparable to those for the IHLs, as some of their graduates have declined to participate or are uncontactable. We will continue to reach out to them.

4. Academics who are interested in diving deeper into the GES data can get in touch with MOE, and we will work with them on how the data can be used for research that can shed light on the trends and bring broader benefits to our society.