More than 99% of graduates from the Class of 2006 had found jobs, started businesses or begun further studies by late 2006, according to a survey conducted by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Average gross monthly income has increased to HK$12,421, up 8% over the previous year, with the highest individual monthly salary reaching $67,000.
Of the 1,549 respondents, 85% found full-time jobs; 12.5% were furthering their studies, while only 1.5% were engaged in temporary or part-time work. The full-time employment rate recorded an increase of 6% compared with the previous year.
"The employment survey is encouraging. Both the full-time employment rate and the average gross monthly income of graduates from the Class of 2006 have recorded a considerable increase. Many employers in business and financial sectors are willing to offer above-average salaries to attract brilliant HKUST graduates. It shows that HKUST graduates cater for the needs of knowledge-based society," said Prof Roland Chin, Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs of HKUST.
By job nature, banking and finance is one of the most prominent industries in Hong Kong, hiring 12% of graduates with the highest increase of employment rate.
The most popular professions are engineering (18%), system administration and programming (14%), accounting (13%), sales/marketing (11%), and administration/management (10%).
Commerce and business is still the largest employment sector, drawing 69% of HKUST graduates, followed by manufacturing and industry (14%), education (10%), government (3%) and construction (3%).
"HKUST will continue to fortify students with all-round enrichment initiatives including internships and overseas exchange programs in addition to job-seeking skills," Prof Chin added.
The survey also shows that a total of 193 graduates are furthering their studies, with the number decreasing from 17% to 13%. It shows that more graduates are joining the workforce earlier.
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