Salary Survey 2018: Malaysia’s salary and job trends in 2018


Salary Survey 2018: Country highlights

Market growth and a stable economic environment in Malaysia set to lead to active job market in 2018

The business environment is set to thrive in 2018 as companies that established operations in Malaysia in 2017 continue to grow. Shared services are expected to expand further, producing higher demand for talent in finance and accounting, IT, and supply chain and procurement.

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.

Hiring trends in Malaysia

Tighter regulations from the Central Bank of Malaysia will continue to increase demand for credit risk and regulatory reporting talent. More companies will be seeking in-house legal counsels; mid-level legal practitioners and licensed company secretaries will also be needed.

Businesses may struggle to hire top IT talent, and there continues to be a high demand for software developers. As a result, quality candidates with niche tech skills are likely to receive multiple offers, in some cases, even after the first interview. 

Organisations will also continue to attract overseas Malaysian talent (returning Malaysians) as their international experience is highly valued.

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 request 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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