Photo of Minister Janil Puthucheary from CNA

When questioned why are more polytechnic and ITE graduates jobless, Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary said the graduates “chose” to be jobless:

“The number of polytechnic and ITE graduates in full-time permanent employment fell from 77 per cent in 2007 to 58 per cent in 2016, a decline of 19 percentage points… About half of the decrease is due to students choosing to do part-time work while they prepare for further studies. The other half of the decrease is due to graduates choosing not to engage in full-time permanent work.”

The ex-Malaysian Singapore Minister who has never served National Service said that his employment survey shows that only 1% is “involuntarily jobless” and 90% “found jobs”:

“1 percentage point represents an increase in those who are doing part-time work involuntarily or still looking for a job. employment rate has remained high. Apart from fluctuations due to the performance of the economy and job market, around nine in 10 graduates found jobs.”

According to the most recent survey findings released in Jan 2018, polytehnic graduates saw their salaries declined and more are getting unemployed. 12.7% of the graduates said that they were unable to find a job within 6 months after graduation. Unemployment rate is currently at it’s all-time high of 3.3%, but the Singapore government brush off the employment results claiming that the economy is doing well according to GDP reports.