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The Graduate Employment Survey (GES) is an annual survey jointly conducted by the Singapore Ministry of Education with NTU, NUS, SIT, SMU, and SUTD to ascertain the employment conditions of graduates about six months after their final examinations. The GES covers topics such as employment information, job search process, and university experience.

The survey is conducted in March covering DigiPen (Singapore) graduates from the previous academic year. For instance, the GES 2017 was conducted in March 2018, surveying graduates from December 2016, April 2017, and August 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need to participate in the GES?

The annual GES survey is conducted from March to May. The survey would apply to those graduating in the prior year’s spring and summer semester, as well as graduates from the fall semester two years prior.

If you graduated within the qualifying period, you would have received the invitation mailer and email notifications on the GES survey at your SIT email address.

Notices and reminders regarding the GES survey would also be posted via the various alumni channels.

All invited graduates are strongly encouraged to complete the survey.

How do I complete the survey?

The GES can be completed online. Instructions on how to do so will be sent to your SIT email address. You may also receive a follow-up by telephone.

What do these specific terms in the survey mean?

Basic Monthly Salary

This is only applicable to full-time, permanently employed graduates. It comprises basic pay before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, overtime payments, commissions, allowances, other monetary and lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.

Gross Monthly Salary

This is only applicable to full-time, permanently employed graduates. It comprises the basic salary, fixed allowances, overtime pay, and commissions before deductions of the employee’s CPF contributions and personal income tax. Employer’s CPF contributions, bonuses, stock options, other lump sum payments, and payments-in-kind are excluded.

Economically Active

Applies to graduates who have:

  • Engaged in some form of employment (full-time/part-time/temporary) as of six months or more after the completion of their course.
  • Accepted an employment offer and will soon begin a job.
  • Spent their time actively looking for a job.
  • Are currently in the process of starting a business venture.

Full-Time Permanent (FTP) Employment

Employment of at least 35 hours a week, where the employment is not temporary. This includes contracts of one year or more.