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International companies should invest in their Malaysian staff, says Australia’s Ezypay

AvantiKumar | Dec. 10, 2014
Australian parent company Ezypay's CEO Trent Brown announces early festive perks for iconnect360 staff in Malaysia.

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Photo - The iconnect360 team in Malaysia


Australian software company Ezypay has announced early festive gifts for its Malaysian arm iconnect360 in the form of new employee perks.

Ezypay and iconnect360's chief executive officer Trent Brown said Christmas has come a month early for its Malaysian team with a new range of employee benefits, which include maternity leave, flexible working hours, birthday leave, subsidies for gyms, Wi-Fi and a holiday package worth RM5,000 [US$1,437] for long term employees.

"Our incentives are not new in the tech world but they are new in Malaysia," said Brown. "Many international companies open in KL [Kuala Lumpur] and take advantage of the technical talent and access to Asia, but they don't invest in their teams.  We didn't want to be one of those companies."

He said Ezypay, which has been offering payment products since 1996, has twice been voted as the best company to work for and the Top 50 BRW Best Places to Work, "wanted to bring this strong sense of culture to its Malaysian team in iconnect360."

Trent said the Kuala Lumpur team has more than 50 employees from local and international backgrounds. "More than half of the employees are women in technical, and management roles. The incentives have been structured to particularly appeal to young talented technical women - to both attract them and retain them."

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Photo - Trent Brown, CEO, Ezypay and  iconnect360 Sdn Bhd

He said all women employees have access to 3-months paid maternity leave compared with the Malaysian normal practice of two months of paid maternity leave.

In addition, female employees are supported in increasing their professional knowledge and after-hours networking with the company being the main organiser of Malaysia's first Women Who Code (WWC) Kuala Lumpur chapter as well as a monthly networking event for digital markets called #DMM360 (Digital Marketing Meet up 360).

Trent said work-life balance has been addressed with various leave options including birthday leave (one day of holiday before, on or after the birthday) as well as an all-expenses paid holiday for two to a foreign country up to a maximum of RM5000 to employees who have completed five years of continuous paid service.

"If an employee has made it to the 5 year mark they would have given a lot of value to the company so this is a way for us to say thank you," he said.


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