A recent survey carried out by the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) shows the rate of employment of students who graduated from the Faculty of Technology and Enviroment (Phuket Campus) in 2009 was 81%. The survey also showed that there was an increase in the rate of employment for graduates from Faculty of Law, Faculty of Engineering (Hat Yai Campus) and Faculty of Agro-Industry. The average overall salary saw an increase to 13,291 Baht, an increase of 1,177 baht on the previous year. The highest average salary was 29,345 Baht, an increase of 6,264 baht, which was for students graduating from Faculty of Law.
Associate Professor of PSU Dr. Bunsom Siribumrungsukha said “from September 2010 to February 2011, PSU surveyed the employment situation of students who graduated in 2009 at all levels of education. From a total of 6,483, graduates surveyed those who graduated as bachelors were 5,431 and 1,052 as masters. 4,784 PSU graduates gained employment, representing 81.4% of the students surveyed. 1,093 people are not working, representing 18.6%. The number of those who continued studying was 606 persons or 2%. 72.6% are working in the Southern Region.
In the segment of the 5,431 respondents who graduated as bachelor’s 3,807 people or 78.6% are employed and 1,038 or 21.4% are unemployed. Another 586 continued studying.”
The sectors that contribute to graduates from PSU having a high employment rate are from those that require computer capabilities and foreign languages. This was in line with the labor needs of employers who required people who want to work with good human relations, with knowledge in the field of academic study and with analysis and problem solving skills.
The President of PSU said regarding the development of new graduates, “PSU will focus on both teaching and also courses in each field of study, including service support operations. Whether it is the faculty who teaches or laboratories, we want to prepare graduates to support the future labor market. There is currently a significant shortage of science and technology employees at operational level. We want to change student’s attitudes to work and to join working operations who offer responsible work, meeting the needs of the labor market, both here and overseas.”