IPOH: Despite the shortage of work opportunities in the oil and gas and manufacturing sectors, the country has seen a rebound in the first quarter for areas such as technology, sales and marketing.
In the Asia Job Index for Q1 published by international recruitment consultant agency Robert Walters, the report said it was a surprise rebound as said areas have been driven by the popularity of e-commerce and consumerism.
Quoting Robert Walters Malaysia managing director Sally Raj, the report said digital marketing has continued its upward trend, creating positions for the technology infrastructure required to run these marketing activities.
She said the strategic move by multinational corporations to hub global procurement functions in Malaysia has driven the demand for professionals skilled in supply chain and logistics.
The report mentioned that the merchandising and purchasing sector in the country has seen a strong 56% hike in tandem with the growth of e-commerce.
These professionals are required for firms seeking stronger digital capabilities as they implement more creative and interactive online footprints, it added.
Companies also built their internal talent acquisition teams in order to support the large number of businesses entering and expanding within Malaysia.
The report said the move drove job advertising in human resources up by 36%.
The legal and compliance sector experienced a further 26% increase in job advertising as organisations outside of banking, including commerce and technology, saw a growing need for strengthening internal controls.
The technology sector’s focus on information security has driven the demand for cyber security and data protection services in Malaysia.
The Robert Walters Asia Job Index was launched in 2008 with a view to creating a quarterly de facto barometer for the job market across the region.
Since its inception, the index has grown in scope and now covers China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
news source: thestar.com.my