Of the 159,148 job vacancies posted online in Malaysia, around 20% were in wholesale and retail


The results showed that most employers in Malaysia need ‘professional’ workers (44.9%). This is followed by “Technicians and equivalent professionals” (17.7%) and “Managers” (11.3%).

Using a monthly metric for the first quarter of 2022, the number of online job vacancies in Malaysia peaked at 67,172 in February 2022, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). Insights into the labor market and job profile Report published on May 31, 2022 (Tuesday). For January and March 2022, 48,924 and 43,052 job offers were advertised online.

Compared to previous statistics, the report found that in the first quarter of 2020, a total of 49,372 job vacancies were posted online. In the first quarter of 2021, the total number of vacancies rose to 90,218. This number rose to 159,148 in Q1 2022. However, the number of vacancies advertised online for Q1 2022 is not as high as the number in Q3 (192,480) and Q4 2021 (190,436). There was a 16.4% drop between Q1 2022 and Q4 2021, according to analysts at DOSM.

If we take a closer look at the numbers, most employers in Malaysia need “professional” workers (44.9%). This is followed by “Technicians and equivalent professionals” (17.7%) and “Managers” (11.3%). The demand from the remaining employers was distributed among demographic groups such as “office workers”, “service and sales personnel”, “craft and related trades” and “plant and machine operators and assembly personnel”.

Regarding the industries in Malaysia, analysts found the most vacancies in wholesale and retail with 31,671. It is followed by manufacturing (29,549), professional, scientific and technical (15,040), and finance and insurance (10,076).

For Q1 2022, DOSM analysts also discovered the top five most popular job openings in areas such as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Critical Occupations List (COL), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Based on the findings, it looks like this:

  • To the STEM
    1. Technicians (2,368)
    2. Graphic Designers (1,257)
    3. Software Engineers (1,192)
    4. Project Manager (962)
    5. Site manager (755)
  • To the COL
    1. Advertising and Marketing Professionals (12,647)
    2. Managing directors and managing directors (6,834)
    3. Accountants and auditors (6,075)
    4. Software Developers (4,710)
    5. Stationary plant and machine operator (4,166)
  • To the vocational training
    1. Advertising and Marketing Professionals (12,647)
    2. Administrative professionals (7,256)
    3. Software Developers (4,710)
    4. General office clerks (4,169)
    5. Industrial and production technicians (4,018)

While the above statistics provide an outlook on the Malaysian labor market, the report’s findings reiterated the disclaimer that they “must be interpreted with caution due to the limited amount of data”. This is because the report does not “represent the entire population of job vacancies in Malaysia” and it “only collected data from four popular recruitment websites”.

also read: Malaysia’s labor force reaches 16.25m in Q1 2022: DOSM report

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