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Technology is killing 'perfect jobs' in Malaysia, Randstadt says

AvantiKumar | June 30, 2014
The latest Randstad Workmonitor survey shows close to half of Malaysians’ "perfect jobs" may vanish in the next few years, said Randstadt Malaysia Director Jasmin Kaur.

Jasmin Kaur - Randstadt Malaysia 

Photo - Jasmin Kaur, Director, Randstad Malaysia

 

According to recruitment specialist Randstadt's Q2 Workmonitor study, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of employees in Malaysia believe they have the perfect job, but 42 percent of these said their roles will be wiped out in the next few years due to the increasing use of technology.

Randstad Malaysia director Jasmin Kaur said Malaysian employees are among the least confident in the region that their jobs will remain relevant with the rise of technology, behind only India (59 percent).

Kaur said that though the findings are not surprising given the swift advance of technology in the workplace, employees should realise that technology can create additional opportunities, rather than kill their career.

"There is a misconception that technology will eventually wipe out the workforce, rendering employees irrelevant and replaced by computers," she said. "While this is true of some roles in certain industries, in many cases technological advances are just changing the nature of jobs and the skills required to fulfil them."

"Such advances will also create new job opportunities in sectors that didn't exist only a few years ago," said Kaur. "For example, the emergence of Big Data has generated new career paths including big data scientists, analysts, engineers and solutions architects, providing jobseekers and current employees with further job prospects."

 The evolution of jobs

"To navigate the evolution of jobs in the face of technological progression, employees should make it a priority to remain relevant by up-skilling and undertaking further IT training, and focus on skills that computer software can't yet perform, such as creativity, emotional intelligence and manual dexterity," she said.

"Both jobseekers and employees should also monitor and understand the major trends affecting the economy, business and technology landscape as this can help shape their skills and define a career path in line with these developments," said Kaur.

She said the quarterly survey also showed that eight in 10 (79 percent) employees in Malaysia only view their job as a way to make a living and nothing more - a figure that is the highest in the region compared to employees in Singapore (75 percent), Hong Kong (74 percent), China (62 percent), Australia (67 percent) and New Zealand (49 percent).

Meanwhile, 88 percent of employees said that they would change jobs to make more money elsewhere, said Kaur.

"While it is normal for a large majority of employees to view their jobs as a means to earn money, particularly given the rising cost of living, it is also vital that they look beyond remuneration to remain motivated at work. By viewing their jobs as an opportunity to contribute to the economy and their community, this can increase job satisfaction," she said.

The Randstad Workmonitor survey also found that:
- 84 percent of the respondents acknowledge that technology has a major impact on their jobs;
- 79 percent of employees believe their job is a good match with their educational background;
- Two-thirds (65 percent) of employees think they will hold a similar job three years from now;
- Eight in 10 (80 percent) of the respondents see temporary work as a stepping stone to a permanent job;
- and 70 percent of employees in Malaysia feel that temporary work is for young people.

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and now covers 33 countries around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time. Randstad is part of the holding company group Randstadt, Netherlands.

 

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