Photo - Sally Raj, Managing Director, Robert Walters Malaysia.
According to recruitment consultancy Robert Walters' Q4 2014 Asia Job Index, Malaysian government initiatives have boosted the creation of jobs.
Commenting on the Job Index, which tracks professional job advertising volumes across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, Robert Walters Malaysia managing director, Sally Raj, said: "Malaysia is one of the fastest progressing markets in Southeast Asia. The Government's initiatives to strengthen infrastructure and increase business operational efficiency continues to attract increasing numbers of multinationals to the country."
"This explains the encouraging increases in job advertising volumes we have seen across 2014," said Raj. "Companies are continuously trying to reach out to top talent in the market. In order to ensure further growth, hiring managers are producing very strong retention strategies to keep their best performers."
Speaking of the economic climate in 2015, she added: "2015 will be an interesting year ahead as businesses have already expressed concerns around the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be implemented in April."
Raj said: "New shopping malls and the entrance of more international brands has created a strong 31 percent increase over 2013 for retail job advertising particularly within the luxury and mass labels markets."
Job advertising for marketing professionals grew a significant 55 percent from 2013 as more companies focus on attracting consumers and drive sales, she said.
In addition, IT candidates remained in demand, with the shortage of technically skilled job applicants a key factor in the 75 percent rise in job advertising, said Raj.
She added that Malaysia's emerging status as a "key manufacturing and logistics hub in Southeast Asia drove job advertising in the logistics sector up 33 percent from 2013."
For further information, please visit the Robert Walters Malaysia website.
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