More demand for IT, telecom industry jobs

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KUALA LUMPUR: Online recruitment for information technology (IT), telecommunications and the IT-based business processes industry grew by 12% in April compared to the same month last year.

According to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) Malaysia, released by Monster.com today, online hiring by the oil and gas industry also grew by 11% year-on-year (y-o-y) in April, while hiring in production/manufacturing, automotive and ancillary increased by 6%.

Monster.com Asia-Pacific and Middle East managing director, Sanjay Modi said among the occupational groups monitored by MEI, sales and business development roles were most in demand, registering 9% y-o-y growth in online hiring.

However, he said as fluctuations in the Malaysian labour market had persisted, it was important for businesses to devise a talent strategy to minimise the skills mismatch between that of fresh graduates and the industry’s current requirements.

“The global workforce is in a constant flux, and it is vital for the government, industry and educational institutions to work in sync and support workers in mid-careers to upskill.

“Moreover, with sales and business development roles taking the lead, candidates with keen perspectives and a flair for commercial acumen will be most in demand.

“Malaysia needs to address the country’s skills challenges and help the economy towards its goal of achieving the high-income status by 2020.”

Meanwhile, overall online hiring in Malaysia declined 11% y-o-y, with the retail sector continuing to fare the worst among the job sectors, falling 36% y-o-y.