O&G industry to continue job cuts
The Malaysian Reserve | 21-Jan-2021
WEAKER investments and global shift to low-carbon energy sources are expected to drive job cuts further in the oil and gas (O&G) industry with over 400,000 jobs axed last year alone.

Shell Malaysia to cut 250 to 300 upstream jobs over two years
The Star | 20-Jan-2021
Shell Malaysia to cut 250 to 300 upstream jobs over two years

85% of professionals in M'sia consider remote working options 'more important' to them after pandemic — Hays report
The Edge Markets | 19-Jan-2021
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 19): A majority or 85% of professionals surveyed in Malaysia consider remote working options more important to them after the pandemic, according to recruitment expert Hays.

Another loan moratorium needed to keep jobs, say bosses
FMT | 14-Jan-2021
PETALING JAYA: Another round of loan moratorium and incentives for employers is needed to prevent struggling businesses from closing down, declaring bankruptcy and retrenching workers, the government has been told.

Simple tech tools transform lawyers’ work
FT | 14-Jan-2021
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5 signs your employee is looking for another job
FMT | 13-Jan-2021
Everyone desires a career change from time to time. Hence, employees come and go and there’s nothing an employer can do about it. If you have staff who report to you, it’s only natural that you may worry occasionally that one of them wants to leave the company, especially if he or she is your top performer.

Singapore, Malaysia to work closely to keep supply chains going amid state of emergency: Chan Chun Sing
Straits Times | 13-Jan-2021
Singapore and Malaysia will continue to work closely to keep supply chains going amid the movement control restrictions and state of emergency declared in Malaysia, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (Jan 13).

Critical construction projects can proceed during MCO — Works Ministry
The Edge Markets | 12-Jan-2021
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 12): Work in all construction sites in the six states placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been ordered to stop effective tomorrow.

Work goes on for the civil service, says Chief Secretary
The Star | 12-Jan-2021
PUTRAJAYA: The country’s civil service is not affected by the proclamation of Emergency, assures Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali (pic).

Section 33C – disputing an Industrial Court’s award
The Sundaily | 11-Jan-2021
EFFECTIVE Jan 1, some amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 (IRA) took effect, including a new section 33C to provide for an appeal against an Industrial Court award to the High Court. In view of the significance of this change to industrial jurisprudence in Malaysia, we explain the procedure to challenge an Industrial Court award under the new section for the benefit of employers and employees at large.

AskAILA is an AI-based virtual legal advisor, but it can’t replace a lawyer
SoyaCincau | 07-Jan-2021
COVID-19 has brought upon challenges in all forms for everyone, and businesses in Malaysia have not been exempt from economic obstacles as the economy recovers from effects of the pandemic. As of November 2020, almost 100,000 Malaysians have lost their jobs since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in March, according to the Human Resources Ministry.

Armed Forces working non-stop to install temporary bridge in Raub
Malay Mail | 07-Jan-2021
RAUB, Jan 7 — The important role of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) as frontliners is undeniable as they have been among the first to send aid to flood victims in several states, especially on the east and south coasts of the country.

Industrial Court throws out marketing officer’s constructive dismissal claim
FMT | 06-Jan-2021
KUALA LUMPUR: The Industrial Court here today dismissed a constructive dismissal claim filed by a former chief marketing officer of a leading property development company.

#TECH: Reskilling the way forward
NST | 04-Jan-2021
In today's weak job market, candidates will need more than paper qualifications or past experience — acquiring new skills will give them an edge THERE is no denying that 2020 has been a rather bad year for the job market because of the domino effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, many key business sectors in the country even had to carry out retrenchment exercises. According to the Social Security Organisation (Socso), as of Oct 22, last year close to 90,000 locals lost their jobs, with an average of nearly 10,000 cases every month.

Tok Pa reveals factors behind decision to axe KL-Singapore HSR
NST | 04-Jan-2021
KUALA LUMPUR: The global Covid-19 pandemic, which has battered economies around the world, has made the original conditions of the bilateral agreement for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project no longer competitive for Malaysia.

MTUC Sarawak urges govt to reform labour laws on par with international standards
Malay Mail | 29-Dec-2020
KUCHING, Dec 29 — The Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) Sarawak today urged the Human Resources Ministry to look into complimentary amendments to the Trade Unions Act (TUA), Employment Act (EA) and Sarawak Labour Ordinance (SLO) to bring the country’s labour standards to international level.

90pc of Malaysians feel upskilling, reskilling needed to secure jobs in post-Covid-19 era, survey shows
Malay Mail | 29-Dec-2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 — Nine out of 10 Malaysian employees in a recent survey believe that learning new skills or widening their set of skills are necessary to stay relevant in an increasingly uncertain job market after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, bank UOB said today.

The restructuring fine print
NST | 24-Dec-2020
Major global crises, from the Asian financial crisis (AFC) in 1998 to the current Covid-19 pandemic, have caused significant disruption to businesses and employment and Malaysia has not been spared.

PM outlines 6-point tourism plan
Daily Express | 24-Dec-2020
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Tourism Policy (DPN) 2020-2030 launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin aims to restore and preserve the country’s tourism industry to once again make Malaysia a preferred destination for global visitors.

Retrenched airlines staff take upskilling courses by Socso, Genovasi in hope of new employment
Malay Mail | 22-Dec-2020
PETALING JAYA, Dec 21 — The ugly consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement restrictions have pushed many salary earners out of their jobs. Among them are airline staff, after the industry was harshly hit by prolonged travel bans across the world in a bid to contain the spread of the infectious disease.

How EPF can help the cash-strapped in tough times
FMT | 18-Dec-2020
Many Malaysians are facing financial difficulties due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The loss of employment and wage cuts have forced thousands of workers, particularly in the private sector, to tap their savings or their Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

2021 tax revenue projection based on rising employment rate
The Malaysian Reserve | 17-Dec-2020
MALAYSIA’S tax revenue projection for 2021 is estimated based on the anticipated rise in the country’s employment rate of 1.8%, said Deputy Finance Minister II Mohd Shahar Abdullah.

Socso received over 37,000 applications for Employment Retention Programme, says deputy minister
The Edge Markets | 16-Dec-2020
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 16): The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has received 37,901 applications for the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) from employers of 340,252 workers between March 16 and Nov 27, the Senate was told. Deputy Human Resource Minister Awang Hashim said based on the number of applications, the government has spent about RM211.33 million to assist employers and workers through the ERP.

2021 tax revenue based on employment rate
The Malaysian Reserve | 16-Dec-2020
MALAYSIA’s tax revenue projection in 2021 is estimated based on the anticipated rise in the country’s employment rate at 1.8% next year . Deputy Finance Minister II Mohd Shahar Abdullah told Dewan Rakyat today that revenue projection made for next year is also based on the market conditions which take into account the development in Covid-19 pandemic and the economic recovery.

A slow-motion view of the High-Speed Rail
FMT | 09-Dec-2020
On the High-Speed Rail project website, the first sentence says: “HSR is a programme to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation.”

HR minister: Joblessness declining from 5.3pc peak in May
Malay Mail | 09-Dec-2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 ? Malaysia’s unemployment has steadily decreased since June after the government reopened most economic sectors that had been closed due to the movement control order, Human Resources Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said.

Sony to wind down Penang factory next year, 3,600 jobs impacted
MalaysiaKini | 07-Dec-2020
Sony Corp will close a factory in Malaysia next year to consolidate its operations in its other plant in the state for efficiency, the Japanese electronics giant said on Saturday.

Singapore refutes report on ‘homeless Malaysian workers’
FMT | 04-Dec-2020
PETALING JAYA: Singapore’s ministry of manpower has dismissed a report claiming there were hundreds of ‘homeless Malaysian workers’ in the city state.

Filling up office space is a work in slow progress
FMT | 04-Dec-2020
PETALING JAYA: While the shift to work-from-home practices and office rotations have torpedoed demand for office space and left many buildings deserted, property players are still holding out hope that the bad times will end and demand will rebound.

Cover Story: Drop in pay scale for non-exec jobs
The Edge Markets | 03-Dec-2020
BESIDES projections of deflated salary growth, the pay scale for non-executive or blue-collar roles has also seen a drop because of the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Accommodation for more than 90% of foreign workers not in compliance with Housing Act
The Star | 03-Dec-2020
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Some 91.1% or 1.4 million foreign workers in the country are provided with accommodation that does not comply with provisions in the Workers' Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 or Act 446.

Criteria for i-Sinar announced
The Star | 03-Dec-2020
PUTRAJAYA: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announced the criteria for i-Sinar application, dividing those eligible into two distinct categories.

Companies to face 63 charges for flouting Workers’ Housing Act
Malay Mail | 01-Dec-2020
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 1 — Sixth-three (63) charges will be foisted on firms failing to comply with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446), including manufacturers of rubber gloves, said Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) director-general Asri Ab Rahman.

3.3 mil jobs saved by wage subsidy, says minister
FMT | 01-Dec-2020
PETALING JAYA: Human Resources Minister M Saravanan says the government’s wage subsidy programme (WSP) has prevented more than 3.3 million workers from losing their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public sector managed to leverage on technology to cope with Covid-19 pandemic, says chief secretary to govt
Malay Mail | 30-Nov-2020
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 30 — Malaysia had capitalised on the use of technology by developing the MySejahtera application, via strategic cooperation among government agencies, as a monitoring tool during the Covid-19 pandemic, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

NGOs demand protection for domestic workers after latest abuse case
FMT | 30-Nov-2020
PETALING JAYA: Rights groups have renewed calls for a specific law for domestic workers, saying existing regulations do not fully protect them.

Grab rakes in over RM130m in sales under SMO, ePENJANA initiatives
The Malaysian Reserve | 25-Nov-2020
GRAB Malaysia has garnered more than RM130 million in sales to help local businesses stay afloat through the support of Shop Malaysia Online (SMO) and ePENJANA initiatives. In a statement today, it said more than two million deliveries were made during the duration of the initiatives between July and September this year, and more than 2,500 new merchant partners were onboard through the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) e-Commerce campaign.

Malaysia needs policies that foster productive employment
The Malaysian Reserve | 25-Nov-2020
MALAYSIA needs policies that would enable local employees to work longer in the future, while maintaining good health in the long run. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (picture) said Malaysians are expected to work longer to ensure adequate financial protection in their old age as the country transitions into an ageing nation. The minister said longer working lives would, in turn, require gradual adjustment to the retirement age for most Malaysians as reflected in most high-income economies. “Parallel policies are needed to foster productive employment, such as enhanced opportunities for training and lifelong learning.

HR minister: Over 90,000 Employment Insurance System contributors laid off as of Nov 13
Malay Mail | 24-Nov-2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — A total of 95,995 workers who contributed under the Employment Insurance System (SIP) have been laid off as of November 13, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Revoking cabotage exemption doesn't prevent employment of foreign vessels, says Masa
The Star | 24-Nov-2020
Revoking cabotage exemption doesn't prevent employment of foreign vessels, says Masa

Replace EPF withdrawals with long-term sustainable measures — Sofea Azahar
Malay Mail | 23-Nov-2020
NOVEMBER 23 — A huge relief would have been felt by many who are in desperate need of cash after the revised decision by the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) to allow a more flexible withdrawals from Account 1 for those who are severely affected by the unprecedented crisis. But it should not be made an extended solution, hence, the need for sustainable adequate measures.

Minister: No plans to halt mega projects because they keep many people in their jobs
Malay Mail | 23-Nov-2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — There are no plans to halt mega projects, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.

Towards a digitised Malaysia
The Star | 20-Nov-2020
AS the digital lifestyle becomes the norm and virtual services become more mainstream, there is a real need for a more reliable digital infrastructure in the country.

All you need to know about Malaysia's labour market in Q3 2020
HR Online | 20-Nov-2020
As Malaysia entered the recovery phase of Movement Control Order (RMCO) in the third quarter of 2020, the country saw a better labour market performance. In line with that, employment increased by 211,900 people, to 15.1mn, revealed the Labour Market Review, Third Quarter 2020 report released by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.

Shafie: RM85m for Jasa revival unnecessary as Community Development Dept can do job of disseminating information
Malay Mail | 16-Nov-2020
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal today said the allocation of RM85.5 million to the Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) during the Covid-19 health crisis is unnecessary.

Salary, bonus top priority in job search, study discovers
NST | 16-Nov-2020
KUALA LUMPUR: Male and female undergraduates prioritise salary and bonus in their search for the ideal employer, a survey finds. According to a survey by graduate recruitment company, Talentbank, these were among their top five priorities besides career development opportunities, good bosses and leaders, learning and development opportunities, good company culture and flexible working hours.

Training a labour force desperate for employment
The Star | 13-Nov-2020
THE government has announced that under Budget 2021,50,000 jobs would be created through its Employment Generation Guarantee Scheme (Janakerja).

179,000 job vacancies in private sector during Q320
Daily Express | 13-Nov-2020
KUALA LUMPUR: Job vacancies in the private sector stood at 179,000 in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020, lower compared with the same period last year which ranged between 198,000 and 218,000, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said.

Govt to ‘regularise’ undocumented foreign workers, subject to conditions
FMT | 12-Nov-2020
PETALING JAYA: The government will implement a plan to “regularlise” undocumented migrant workers so they they can become legalised foreign workers subject to certain conditions.

Watch: Pilot runs successful noodle stall in Malaysia after losing his job during the pandemic
ScrollIn | 12-Nov-2020
Azrin Mohamad Zawawi now runs a popular noodle stall called ‘Kapten Corner’.