Twitter user Najiha recently took to the social media platform to discuss her experience browsing the popular job-search website JobStreet.
So i was randomly browsing through JobStreet. Wrote down minimum salary of RM2500. Most companies offer the salary with a min requirement of 3-5 years of experience in relating field. Kerja 5 tahun pun min salary is still 2500? Bloody hell. We’re fucked.
— Najiha Baharin (@najihowyoudoin) June 17, 2019
Many netizens echoed her sentiments, claiming that salaries offered to experienced workers were absolutely dismal.
aku duduk ladang pon boleh dpt more than that. with no experience.
— Perlu ke (@hanafiah_rahim) June 17, 2019
I dah kerja as tour coordinator almost 7 years kat kl. Last month i pegi iv kat company umrah in jb. They offer me rm800. Lepastu cakap “Kita mmg tak galakkan basic tinggi sbb nanti staff malas nak kejar sales. Islam pn tak galakkan cara kerja mcm tu” apoo gaji bangla lg mahal 🙄
— 🌹 (@ein789) June 18, 2019
Yesss. I pernah kena, i competent person and with 4 years experience, dorang offer i rm2.5k. 😭😭
— Meen Palatalogyst (@NazmeenAmin) June 17, 2019
2500 salary in KL is a joke w 3-5 yrs of experience! Even Sabah is paying some fresh grads 2.5 – 2.7k rn
— อับเนอร์ (@jaswinnerabner) June 17, 2019
Just saw a jobstreet posting on Monday for a company offering RM3K for a min 7 years working experiences. I was like biar betul kau ni
— Nadhirah (@Nadhirah0000) June 18, 2019
A few days ago I argued with someone on LinkedIn. The salary offered was way too low for somebody with 4 years experience. He removed my comments after that. pic.twitter.com/L8sdwii6j0
— f.nasution (@alfianfareez) June 17, 2019
In fact, a lot of netizens say that they lower their asking price just to get hired. Don’t devalue yourself gaiz!
yeah… i turunkan gaji to 2.3 sebab most company offer below expected salary & i was worried i would not get a job because of it 😔
— Amethyst (@memellyna94) June 17, 2019
I had to lower my salary expectation because it’s too ‘high’. Tldr, I have 5 years experience and still at 2300 per month salary. We’re fucked. So. Hard.
— Blank (@Shades_Salvator) June 17, 2019
Some claimed that you can get around the low pay with a little bit of hard work.
Look for a job that have extra allowance. Eg: shift, medical allowances like mine.
— A Woman (@DolceAsian) June 18, 2019
I would suggest if you hv work experience in related field, to go for an interview anyways. Present your qualifications, experience & track records. Sell yourself. Then counter offer salary scale. Never give up just bcos they stated a low figures.
— mycire (@Malacire) June 17, 2019
And some directed the discussion to how Malaysians are often at the mercy of private companies without government or union help.
takde worker’s union, no govt interventions on wages (only set very low min. wage), and people succumb to lower their standards, yeah nasib lah semua
— ekmalhairi (@imgxml_) June 18, 2019
The truth is
Profit is 30%
Company tax is 24%.
Operational cost 30%
Other cost ie marketing, legal etc 15%
Contigency save 1%
Remaining 0% for salary adjustment
— Emmet Bermedsoc (@EmmetBermedsoc) June 17, 2019
Its all started previous government bringing in 1-2milion migrant workers. U dont accept the pay, we hire them cheaper. Imagine if we reject low pay…what option does employer has (if theres minimal migrant workers)? Look at HK,SG,Taiwan even Australia. Sad day for us …😭
— Laffing_Gor (@Laffing_Gor) June 17, 2019
Najiha goes on to clarify that she doesn’t mean all companies pay terribly. She was simply shocked to find such low pay for 3-5 years of experience.
Dont get me wrong. Ada je companies yang bayar fresh grad 2500. And sometimes theyre good ones too. Cuma bila dah state dekat situ 3-5 years experience tapi gaji still gaji fresh grad, i terkejut 😂
— Najiha Baharin (@najihowyoudoin) June 18, 2019
We did some digging to try to find such job openings, but a search on popular websites such as JobStreet and RiceBowl ended up with less dramatic results.
Regardless, it’s a fact that Malaysians have been struggling with finding a good job for a while, especially for fresh graduates. Malaysia’s youth unemployment rate is a distressing 10.82%, more than triple that of the national unemployment rate of 3.3%!
However, there’s always the option of being your own boss, as the startup potential in Malaysia is huge!
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Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.