PETALING JAYA: TalentCorp today revealed the top 10 jobs that employers are offering and the skill sets they are looking for.
The jobs are research and development managers; mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians; information and communication technology (ICT) managers; electronic engineers; telecommunication engineers; graphic and multimedia designers; ship, aircraft and aeronautical engineers; professors; systems analysts; and technicians.
TalentCorp CEO Shareen Shariza Ghani said employers were also looking for graduates with analytical and problem-solving skills, and those who could speak and write English.
“Employers want graduates with proper communication skills,” she said during a media briefing on “Is Malaysia prepared for the future of work and its demanding reality” here today.
The former director of corporate responsibility at Khazanah Nasional Berhad said she hoped the current National Education Blueprint, which aims to provide quality education to produce highly-skilled and knowledgeable Malaysians, would help meet the future needs of the country’s workforce.
She said TalentCorp was hoping to retain talents by talking to universities whose top graduates were constantly recruited by companies in Singapore.
“Graduates want to explore the world. We offer the top talents training and internships in the Asean region.
“There are several Malaysian companies that operate throughout the Asean region, like CIMB and others.
“We have started training programmes with Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries, too,” said Shareen, who took over the post last June.
She said she hoped the wages of graduates would be looked into to encourage the cream of the crop to remain in the country.
“At the moment, some sectors like banking pay well, but the manufacturing sector remains a challenge.”
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) recently voiced frustration over the continued shortage of qualified English-speaking workers.
Its executive director, Shamsuddin Bardan, said despite there being about 200,000 jobless graduates in Malaysia, who could fill vacancies in the sales and services sectors, many companies were hiring foreigners who spoke English for these positions.
He had said the services industry, which accounted for 60% of the economy, required workers who could converse well in English.
He said years of “flip-flopping” in education policies had contributed to the problem.
He added that employers also needed people talented in big data – a skill to analyse large data sets to reveal patterns and trends – to help identify economic conditions.