28 Mar '11, 9pm

The high percentage of fresh grads in contract positions is a worry: Commentary

Jay, an economics degree-holder, has only found three-month contract jobs in banking since he graduated over a year ago. Li, a polytechnic graduate who studied hospitality, could not find a job in that sector and was on six-month contracts in communications. When I spoke to them and their parents last month, they were worried about whether they would ever find the permanent jobs they really want. On the surface, the data does not look nearly as gloomy as these families' concerns. The Ministry of Education (MOE) Graduate Employment Survey last year showed that 92 per cent of university graduates in 2009 found a job within six months after graduation, and the vast majority had "permanent employment". A more recent survey by the five polytechnics showed that "more than 90 per cent of polytechnic graduates were in the workforce as at Oct 1, 2010". And the Ministry of Manpower'...

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