ITE starting pay: 1999 $1,500, 2007 $1,200, 2017 $1,700?

I refer to the article “ITE grads find doors to good jobs opening wider” (Sep 3, Straits Times).

It states that “The survey tracked 3,500 ITE students who graduated in 2007 – 10 years after they completed their certificate courses. It showed that their median monthly salary last year was $3,000 a month.”

As to “This is more than double their starting median salary of $1,200 when they left the ITE in 2007” – according to the ITE’s own statistics (based on the July 1999 survey) – the starting salary in 1999 was $1,500.

So, how is it possible for the subject Straits Times article to say that the “starting median salary (was) $1,200 when they left the ITE in 2007”?

Does it mean that the starting salary dropped by 20 per cent, in the eight years, from $1,500 in 1999 to $1,200 in 2007?

According to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Yearbook of Manpower Statistics 2018 –

ITE starting salary $1,700 in 2017?

the median gross monthly starting salary of ITE graduates (Higher Nitec (Engineering)) in full-time permanent employment was $1,700 in 2017.

ITE starting salary $1,500 in 1999?

Since the starting salary in 1999 was $1,500 – does it mean that the increase over the 18 years, from 1999 to 2017, was only about 13 per cent ($1,700 divided by $1,500)?

Certification Level

Starting Salaries
( Based on July 1999 survey )

Higher Nitec in engineering courses


Higher Nitec in business courses


Nitec in technical courses


Nitec in Office Skills


(Source: ITE)

Real starting pay down (-22%) last 18 years?

Since inflation was about 35 per cent from 1999 (CPI 73.814) to 2017 (CPI 99.5) – does it mean that the real increase was about minus 22 per cent or about minus 1.2 per cent per annum?

Since the proportion (%) of ITE Higher Nitec graduates in full-time permanent employment was only 46.9 per cent in 2017 and for Nitec (Engineering) – it was only 33.5 per cent – how do we reconcile the apparently conflicting statistics, vis-a-vis the “propaganda” that ITE graduates are doing well and have good salaries?


Leong Sze Hian



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4 Responses to “ITE starting pay: 1999 $1,500, 2007 $1,200, 2017 $1,700?”

  • HarderTruths:

    According to the despot and the ruling elite, $G citizens do not have to go to ITE or undertake any higher education.

    So don’t complain if you cannot compete against FT who only ask for 1000 peanuts (+ GST).

    FT breed like rabbits and bring their villages(without toilets) to $G, so your children will have even less chance then you.

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  • pap a clan of S$m clowns:

    cheap labour is addictive.

    when the previous clown pap thief, zorro, said cheaper cheaperer cheaperest alien FT PR we shook our head.

    now still the same cheap labour.

    if companies want to hire cheap ah nehs, they should go to new delhi.

    if companies want to hire cheap pinoys, they should go to manila.

    if companies want to hire cheap bumis, they should go to kuala lumpur.

    if the come to Singapore and expect to pay ah neh wage, pinoy wage, bumi wage, then, they are in the wrong place.

    in the end, not fault of the companies. the fault of clown pap S$m brainless gang, who only care about their 20 months’ GDP bonus and not the welfare of 70% sheep who gave them their jobs.

    70% sheep truly WTF.

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  • waste of time zzz:

    why need to study so hard when the so-called foreign talents get jobs with their third-world/fake degrees?

    if you have been through the schooling system which streams yourself at various stages of your life i.e. primary school/secondary school/tertiary and labelled as “cannot make it” at the end, you might as well do your own business or migrate? majority of the pap mps are scholars but hey look, all they do is flip prata all day and pack their parachutes for the next million-dollar appointment! no brains needed!

    just my 2 cents worth.

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  • cfvtgj:

    It is pointless to talk about and going to ITE. As these people can never earn more than the graduates, unless they become a boss by themselves or working for a long time by rising through the ranks.

    Go private and study instead. Save time.

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