KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- Workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services (M) Sdn Bhd, projects a 15-20 per cent salary increase in the Malaysian job market this year and 2012 for skilled workforce in the growth sectors.
In the Kelly Employment Outlook and Salary Guide 2011/2012, the growth sectors with continued demand for skilled workforce are banking and finance, information technology, engineering, services, digital and communication and biotechnology and life sciences.
Managing director of Kelly Singapore and Malaysia, Melissa Norman, said the positive economic growth of 4.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 improved employment prospects with stronger labour demand in various sectors.
"Talent mobility is taking place within Malaysia with talent increasingly willing to switch jobs and employers willing to pay salaries for those who can deliver results with minimal training," she said at the launch of the Employment Outlook and Salary Guide 2011/2012 here today.
The Kelly salary guide indicated that as Malaysia has become a key banking and financial hub of Asia, the need for specialised talent in this sector has intensified, particularly in Islamic Finance, she said.
Norman said other jobs with strong growth were in the information and communications (ICT) industry.
"Job positions in the ICT industry are growing at double the rate of job positions in other industries, demonstratiing rapid growth," she said.
She said the hot jobs were also in the call centres such as senior customer service officer, call centre team leader and outbound agent.
Norman said another up-and-coming sub-sector was services with companies seeking sales and marketing talent with relevant technical skills and knowledge to manage the brand to become a market leader and not just a market challenger.
She said organisations were on the lookout for candidates who were critical thinkers and problem solvers with good communication skills. -- BERNAMA