More firms set to offshore IT functions to Malaysia


Demand is set to be high for IT talent in 2018, especially for UI/UX designers, finds our latest Salary Survey 2018.

There was great demand for IT talent in 2017, particularly software engineers, cloud architects and cyber security experts. Most organisations focused on enhancing their in-house IT teams and were less reliant on vendors, except for professionals with niche skills. 

This was among the key findings of the Robert Walters Salary Survey for 2018. The annual survey contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets.

In 2018, more companies are expected to offshore their IT functions to Malaysia, as part of cost-saving strategies and to gain accessibility to other countries in South East Asia. 

Businesses are increasingly embarking on digital transformation programmes to drive revenue streams, leading to higher demand for UI/UX designers, web developers and digital project managers.

The candidate driven market saw salary increments ranging between 20 – 30%. This trend is expected to continue throughout 2018.

About the Salary Survey 

Now in its nineteenth edition, the Robert Walters annual Salary Survey is the most comprehensive review of professional salaries and recruitment trends around the world.

The Greater China & South East Asia book consists of 9 countries, is free, and covers China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Our Salary Survey is based on the analysis of permanent, interim and contract placements made across each of our geographies and recruitment disciplines during 2017.

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The 2018 Robert Walters Salary Survey - Greater China and South East Asia is here and you can download your free copy now. Don't miss out on the most up to date salary information and employment trends in Malaysia. The annual book contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and salary information from across our regional markets.

For a more in-depth look at our expectations for the recruitment market in Malaysia, download your free copy of the 2018 Salary Survey today.

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