The annual salary survey by Robert Walters found 63% Malaysian employees in the mid- and senior-level positions confident of their current skill sets staying relevant in the next five years, indicating room for reskilling and upskilling to stay competitive in the future job market.
The industries covered in the Robert Walters Salary Survey are accounting and finance, banking and financial services, engineering, human resources, legal and corporate secretarial, sales and marketing, supply chain, procurement and logistics, and technology and transformation.
Robert Walters Country Head for Malaysia and Philippines Kimberlyn Lu said, In 2022, Malaysian-based companies will continue to accelerate digital transformation and automation.
Technology-driven roles namely artificial intelligence, e-commerce and digital marketing are expected to be on an upward trend. Data analytics is a highly sought-after skill that will be in demand across all functions, such as in human resource, risk management, banking and finance. In today’s data-rich world, companies will be seeking to hire professionals who can study, dissect and interpret data to help make sound business decisions.
The increasing importance of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) among corporates is translating into demand for employees with experience in ESG and sustainability practices. The hiring around ESG will be prevalent to meet the needs of socially responsible investors, particularly in financial services, commerce and manufacturing.
Employees with digital and e-commerce skill sets will continue to thrive, especially on the sales and marketing front of the FMCG sector.
Employees are now looking beyond attractive performance bonuses. Flexible work arrangement is a priority. The annual salary survey which is in its 23rd iteration found that as many as 44% of candidates will decline a new position if no flexibility is offered.
Over half the respondents (54%) cited having colleagues and culture that inspire them to do their best is an aspect they value most in an organisation.
Vaccination and Job Market
The reopening of the economy has led to a strong rebound in hiring activity in the country across all sectors, from financial services and consumer segments to healthcare and manufacturing. 45% of respondents echoed this sentiment, as they are already looking for a new opportunity in the sectors.
The anticipated business recovery has also given rise to a more confident job market scene. Three in every four (75%) respondents are optimistic about the job opportunities in their respective sectors.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme has contributed to Malaysia being one of the most vaccinated nations in the world. The survey revealed that a whopping 97% of respondents are willing to disclose their vaccination status in order secure a new role, attesting to the success of the vaccination programme. The percentage corresponds with the country’s vaccination progress of over 95% adults fully vaccinated.
2022 Salary Increment
In the Northern region, the recruitment market will be noticeably fiercer in 2022, fuelled by the arrival of investors. Manufacturing industry is expected to thrive due to good infrastructure and government initiatives to attract foreign investors for business expansions.
With the emergence of new players in the region, roles in semiconductor across all functions from test development, functional testing to operations and process engineering will be in high demand. Job-movers in this sector can expect salary increment of 15% to 20% due to new market players competing for the same talent pool.
Employees across board all sectors can expect salary increment of 3% to 5% from their current companies. Job-movers can look forward to having increment starting from 15%, and can possibly garner up to 30% if they have the right skill sets.
In general, the salary increment and job opportunities are dependent on the industry and skill sets.
The global salary survey by Robert Walters covers 31 countries including Malaysia.