Impact of GST
"The imminent implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Malaysia on 1st April 2015 will also provide an impetus to the ICT industry for 2014 and 2015, as organisations 'rush' to replace and/or upgrade their systems to be in compliance with the GST requirements, resulting in a demand for software developers," Woon said.
ICT professionals equipped with Java, C#, C++, dot Net, SharePoint and Web application developers were still highly sought-after including IT Security Analyst and Big Data Analytics skills, he said.
PIKOM's Cheah said: "The PIKOM's ICT Job Market Outlook 2014 has certainly raised some pressing issues for the industry, especially the widening salary gap for the fresh graduates. The key challenge to addressing some of these pertinent issues is to consistently grow and sustain the local ICT industry not only in size but quality as well. PIKOM, within its capacity as an association, will continue to be supportive of initiatives to overcome these hurdles."
He added that PIKOM was working with Malaysia Quality Accreditation (MQA) body via its PIKOM Government Affairs Committee (headed by Dr. Dzaharudin Mansor - PIKOM Councillor) together with various ministries and agencies to address the computer science curriculum problems.
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