KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8, 2016:

Despite a seemingly bleak economic outlook, many firms in Malaysia seem positive where it comes to hiring staff.

A recent Jobstreet.com survey found that only 12% of employers that they would be reducing the headcount. And the online job platform expects better job market in Malaysia for the first quarter of this year compared with the last quarter of 2015.

Country manager Chook Yuh Yng said for the first week of this year, there has been an encouraging number of jobs posted on Jobstreet.com.

“After the Chinese New Year holidays until March, the job market is expected to be at its peak and employers are still keen to hire especially in the manufacturing, banking, construction, information communication and technology and retail sectors.

“Among the challenges faced by employers in filling up positions were to find candidates with the ability to speak English.”

Speaking after the opening of the 18th Malaysia Career and Training Fair here today, Chook said in 2015, there was only a 1% drop in terms of jobs posted on the online job portal compared with 2014 despite the challenging economy.

“Banking and the oil and gas industry took the biggest hit with over 30% drop last year.”

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