The Ministry of Education (MOE) is the most desirable public sector employer for Singapore's fresh graduates.

Rising from back in seventh place last year, the MOE climbs into the number one spot for graduates and undergraduates as the place they most want to work, ahead of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in second place, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) in third.

STB rose up from back in sixth place in 2013, while NUS stays put as number three.

Rounding out the top five is the Economic Development Board in fourth place (down from second place last year) and the Health Promotion Board (rising from back in 14th place in 2013)

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The rankings, conducted by JobsCentral, also asked fresh graduates about the values they seek in their ideal private sector jobs, with the top answer being good relations with colleagues and good relations with management.

This differs somewhat from their ideal values in private companies, which are advancement opportunities and salary.

"These ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors will ultimately determine whether fresh graduates continue to stay on in their role," said Jessica Ang, director, strategic marketing at CareerBuilder Singapore.

"Applicants who thus gravitate toward private-sector positions arguably prioritise salary and career advancement as key retaining factors. On the other hand, applicants drawn to public-sector positions might place the same emphasis on maintaining good all-round working relationships with both their peers and superiors."

The top 5 public sector employers for Singapore's fresh graduates

1. Ministry of Education

2. Singapore Tourism Board

3. National University of Singapore

4. Economic Development Board

5. Health Promotion Board

The top 5 private sector employers for Singapore's fresh graduates

1. Google

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Apple

4. Changi Airport Group

5. 3M

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