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Malaysia Representative:
Mr. Baktiar Hasnan
President, National Career Development Centre Association (NACDA Malaysia)
Career Advisor, Multimedia University (MMU)

July 2023 Malaysia report

Labour Force, Malaysia (First Quarter 2023 - Department of Statistics Malaysia

  1. In the first quarter of 2023, the labour force increased by 0.6 per cent or 106.7 thousand persons to register 16.65 million persons (Q4 2022: 16.54 million persons). A higher labour force participation rate (LFPR) was recorded during the quarter at 69.8 per cent, climbed by 0.3 percentage points from 69.5 per cent in the preceding quarter.
  2. In terms of employment, the number of employed person in the first quarter of 2023 further increased, escalated by 0.8 per cent (+120.3 thousand persons) to record 16.06 million persons (Q4 2022: 15.94 million persons). Comparing with one year earlier, the number of employed persons increased by 3.1 per cent or equivalent to 487.1 thousand persons as compared to the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022:15.57 million persons).
  3. During this quarter, the number of unemployed persons continued to drop by 2.3 per cent or equivalent to a reduction of 13.6 thousand persons to 586.9 thousand persons in the first quarter of 2023 (Q4 2022: 600.5 thousand persons). Therefore, the unemployment rate during the quarter continued its downward trend, slightly decline to 3.5 per cent compared to 3.6 per cent in the previous quarter.
  4. In terms of LFPR by states, the labour force participation rate at the national level increased to 69.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2023. Nine states recorded increases in the LFPR, indicating improving labour participation in the market. The highest LFPR was recorded by Selangor and W.P. Putrajaya with 76.5 per cent, followed by W.P. Kuala Lumpur (73.1%), Pulau Pinang (71.4%) and Sabah (70.6%).
  5. Looking at the unemployment rate situation by states, nine of the states posted a reduction in the unemployment rate meanwhile another five states show an increasing trend. The lowest unemployment rate during this quarter was recorded by W.P. Putrajaya with 0.8 per cent, followed by Perlis (2.1%), Pulau Pinang (2.3%) and Negeri Sembilan (2.5%).

Recruitment Strategies Trends in 2023 for the Malaysia Market

  1. Embracing Data-Driven Recruitment: In 2023, data-driven recruitment strategies will gain prominence in Malaysia. HR professionals are leveraging analytics tools and technologies to gather insights on talent pools, candidate behavior, and market trends. By harnessing this data, recruiters can make informed decisions, optimize job postings, and enhance candidate engagement.
  2. Expanding Employer Branding Efforts: Employer branding continues to be a critical aspect of recruitment strategies. Companies in Malaysia are increasingly investing in their employer brand to attract top talent. Establishing a strong online presence through social media, professional networks, and employee testimonials helps create an appealing employer brand image and fosters a positive candidate experience.
  3. Remote and Hybrid Work Models: The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote and hybrid work models, and these trends are expected to continue in 2023. Offering flexible work options can be a powerful recruitment strategy, appealing to a wider pool of candidates and enabling organizations to tap into talent beyond geographic boundaries.
  4. Leveraging AI and Automation: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation technologies are revolutionizing the recruitment process. In Malaysia, recruiters are increasingly relying on AI-powered tools for resume screening, candidate matching, and chatbot-based interactions. This streamlines the initial screening process, saves time, and enhances efficiency in identifying the most suitable candidates.
  5. Enhancing Candidate Experience: Creating a positive candidate experience is crucial for attracting and retaining talent. In 2023, Malaysian organizations are prioritizing personalized communication, providing timely feedback, and leveraging technology to offer seamless candidate journeys. This includes leveraging video interviews, virtual onboarding, and gamification techniques to engage candidates and leave a lasting impression.
  6. Nurturing Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are gaining significant importance in the Malaysian recruitment landscape. Organizations are actively working to create inclusive workplaces and promote diversity in their talent pipelines. Implementing unbiased hiring practices, promoting diverse job advertisements, and fostering an inclusive culture help attract diverse talent and drive innovation.

Malaysia’s unemployment rate down due to strategic cooperation

PUTRAJAYA, May 20 —Strategic cooperation with various government ministries and agencies has reduced the country’s unemployment rate from 599,600 in the fourth quarter of 2022 to 588,700 people in the first quarter of this year, said Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar.

He said the interstate unemployment rate also reduced in tandem with the decline in the national unemployment rate, with Putrajaya recording the lowest rate of unemployment of 0.8 per cent, followed by Perlis (2.1 per cent), Penang (2.3 per cent) and Negeri Sembilan (2.5 per cent).

He said some of the initiatives implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) through the Social Security Organisation (Socso), Talentcorp, Human Resource Development Corp (HRDC) and Department of Skills Development included providing the job portal MyFutureJobs, which is a virtual platform to match jobs based on qualifications, skills, wages and employers’ needs to help job seekers get employment opportunities.

“A total of 793,086 job seekers have been employed as of April,” he said in a statement today.

In a bid to boost job offers by employers, Sivakumar said Socso implemented interview sessions at all state offices on a daily and weekly basis as well as large-scale employment carnivals.

For this year, he said a total of 4,130 programmes are targeted and, as of April, a total of 1,127 programmes have been implemented, with 5,121 job seekers finding employment.

In addition, Sivakumar said the government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with government-linked companies (GLCs) and private companies covering training to overcome the problems of mismatch and unemployment among Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students.

He said that under Budget 2023, the KSM has been given the mandate to implement the active labour market programme initiative that was launched on May 1, which included the employment transition programme for TVET apprentices and school leavers or TVET Career, which provides an incentive payment of RM600 per month for three months to employers who employ TVET graduates.

He said the informal gig riders career building programme also provides a RM300 monthly allowance for three months to gig riders who actively undergo skills training to obtain stable jobs in the formal sector as well as skills improvement programmes for TVET apprentices and school leavers.

In addition, he said the extension of targeted employment incentives through the Daya Kerjaya programme, which involves job placement for target groups like youth who have been unemployed for a long time and vulnerable groups, including the hardcore poor, parolees, ex-convicts, women, Orang Asli and persons with disabilities. — Bernama

MOE – SC Tie Up To Improve Knowledge, Employability Of 9,000 Uni Grads Over 3 Years

The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and the Securities Commission Malaysia have entered into a joint programme with the aim to improve the knowledge and employability of 9,000 public and private university graduates, particularly for the capital market industry, over the next three years.

Both parties inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today ( April 10)to jointly develop the Capital Market Graduate Programme (CMGP) funded through an allocation of RM30 million by the Capital Market Development Fund (CMDF), a fund managed by the capital market industry.

The CMGP, which is expected to be launched by Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the near future, is spearheaded by the SC in collaboration with MOHE, the Ministry of Finance, Bursa Malaysia and senior representatives of the capital market industry.

The programme, which is expected to address the shortage of skilled manpower in the capital market industry will help produce graduates who are more prepared to be employed in the capital market. This will reduce the deficit of skilled talent in the capital market and simultaneously improve graduate employability.

Among the scopes of cooperation outlined in the MoU are to increase awareness among graduates of the multi-disciplinary career opportunities in the Malaysian capital market industry and build basic capacity among graduates in fields related to the Malaysian capital market.

Other objectives include promoting CMGP through lectures and career fairs to create a steady stream of graduate talent for the Malaysian capital market and to collaborate with senior representatives of Bursa Malaysia and the capital market industry, as well as Vice Chancellors from major local universities, with full commitment to implementing the core and main activities of the CMGP while identifying qualified graduates to participate in structured programmes managed by the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) and the CMGP Leadership Development and Job Placement Programme.

The MoU was signed by the SC Chairman, Dato’ Seri Dr. Awang Adek Hussin and the Deputy Director General of Higher Education, who is also serving the duties of Director General of Higher Education, Ahmad Rizal Adnan, and was witnessed by the Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

Job Market Insights, Quarters 1, 2023

National Career Development Centre Associations (NACDA Malaysia) Program

Youth Employment Dialogue

9th May 2023 - Youth Employment Dialogue Event organized by NACDA Malaysia featuring YB Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister from Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

The event brought together representatives from employer associations, government officials and educational institutions’ career services, to network and discuss on addressing youth employment and providing high-skilled employment opportunities for youth.

Also attended were representatives from employer associations such as:

  • Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM)
  • The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)
  • Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA)
  • SME Association of Malaysia
  • Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Cradle

Based on a NACDA Malaysia Student survey recently (454 responses), the report indicated that Fair Pay, Career Growth and Work Life Balance are the top 3 factors when choosing a job.

65.8% of them perceive RM3,000 & above as a fair pay to survive.

82% Interested in taking up at least 1 internship and 90% Interested to join immersive programs

However, from employers view about only 54.5% offers RM2,500 & above as minimum monthly salary; 29% offers RM3,000 & above.

Generally employers are finding it challenging to hire, this is where we all (career services, educators) play an important role of connecting the employers and students, helping to close the gap.

How do we close the gap?

Enhance Transparent Communication - Coffee chats featuring industry and student leaders.

Practical Exposure to Real World Challenges - Internship and immersive program

Career Guidance and Mentorship - Immersive program and mentors access

Youth Employment Initiative - Events and Timeline

May - Youth Employment Dialogue

June - Survey on students and employers

July - August - Educate and upskill

September - Network & Connect

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November 2022 Malaysia report

In August 2022, employed persons remained stable by registering an increase of 0.2 per cent or equivalent to 39.3 thousand persons to record 16.02 million persons (July 2022: 15.98 million persons). In terms of seasonally adjusted data, the number of employed persons rose by 0.4 per cent. The employment-to-population ratio, which indicates the ability of an economy to create employment, went up by 0.1 percentage points, recording 67.1 per cent in August 2022 as compared to July 2022 (67.0%).

By economic sector, the number of employed persons in the Services sector remained on an increasing trend, particularly in Food & beverages services; Wholesale & retail trade and Administrative & support service activities. A similar trend was observed in the Manufacturing and Construction sectors, while the number of employed persons in the Agriculture and Mining & quarrying sectors continued to decrease.

Looking at the status of employment, the largest share of the total employed persons was in the employee’s category with a share of 76.0 per cent. This category increased by 0.2 per cent (+22.1 thousand persons) to 12.17 million persons during the month (July 2022: 12.14 million persons). On the same note, the own-account workers remained on an upward trend with an addition of 17.2 thousand persons (+0.6%) to record 2.80 million persons (July 2022: 2.79 million persons). This group consisted mostly of daily income earners working as small business operators such as retailers; hawkers; sellers in markets and stalls, as well as smallholders.

In August 2022, the number of unemployed persons sustained its downward trend, posting a reduction of 1.4 per cent (-8.7 thousand persons) to record 612.0 thousand persons (July 2022: 620.7 thousand persons). On the contrary, in seasonally adjusted terms, the number of unemployed persons rose by 0.5 per cent. August’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 per cent, while the seasonally adjusted estimates for the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 per cent.

During the month, the number of labour force strengthened further with an increase of 0.2 per cent (+30.5 thousand persons) to 16.63 million persons (July 2022: 16.60 million persons). Consequently, the labour force participation rate (LFPR) continued to increase by 0.1 percentage points, registering 69.7 per cent. The seasonally adjusted estimates showed that the labour force rose by 0.2 per cent, while the LFPR remained at 69.7 per cent.

The number of persons outside labour force remained on a declining trend with a reduction of 5.9 thousand persons (- 0.1%) to record 7.24 million persons (July 2022: 7.25 million persons). The largest composition of the outside labour force was mainly in the housework/ family responsibilities category, comprising 42.9 per cent, while the next was the schooling/ training category with a share of 40.4 per cent.

Malaysia's economic performance is observed to continue improving, as reflected by the economic indicators showing positive growth, such as the external trade indicators, which recorded a significant increase in August 2022 as compared to the previous year. Similarly, the Leading Index (LI), which anticipates the economy's direction for the next four to six months, remained stable. Thus, the outlook for the Malaysian economy is expected to remain optimistic in the future based on the smoothed long-term trend index, which continues to surpass 100.0 points. In line with the improving economic condition, the labour market is also expected to continue to flourish in the upcoming months, coupled with new entrants into the labour market as well as the entry of foreign labour into the country in the near future, which is expected to meet the increasing needs of the labour force in the market.



The year 2021 had observed the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis prolonged in the second year after the World Health Organisation announced the virus as a global pandemic in March 2020. The continuously high number of daily cases and deaths posted challenges to countries around the world in executing strategies and initiatives towards social and economic recovery. Since Malaysia too was no exception to the challenging situation in 2021, a more targeted and strategic mechanism was exercised throughout the year to protect lives, reduce the burden of the public health system and ensure the livelihood of the nation.

Numerous initiatives were rolled out by the Government to cushion the impact of COVID-19 pandemic towards multiple groups including employers & employees, micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs), graduates and youths. The overarching stimulus package namely National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) which encompassed an allocation of RM35 billion was an inclusive and holistic approach for supporting Malaysia’s economic recovery. Among the initiatives in PENJANA were The Hiring Incentive Programme, an economic recovery initiative to promote job creation among employers while increasing employment prospects. Additionally, PENJANA KPT-CAP Programme covered three sub-programmes namely Place and Train, Entrepreneurship and Gig Economy intended to address the challenges of graduates’ employability and unemployment.

Graduates Statistics 2021 presents the statistics of graduates within and outside the labour force as well as the salaries & wages of graduates in Malaysia. Various data sources were utilised in compiling the statistics namely the Labour Force Survey, Higher Education Statistics, Graduate Tracers Study and Salaries & Wages Survey. Graduates are defined as individuals aged 15 years and above with highest certificate obtained from universities, colleges, polytechnics, recognised bodies or equivalent, in which the duration of study is at least two years. Graduates are classified into two categories of certification namely Diploma and Degree.

Principal Statistics of Graduates

In 2021, the number of graduates in Malaysia increased by 4.7 per cent to record 5.61 million persons (2020: 5.36 million persons). The number of graduates in the labour force which encompassed of employed and unemployed rose 4.6 per cent to 4.77 million persons (2020: 4.56 million persons). Meanwhile, graduates’ labour force participation rate (GLFPR) remained as in the previous year at 85.0 per cent.

Employed graduates went up by 5.0 per cent as against 2020 to register 4.57 million persons (2020: 4.35 million persons). On the other hand, graduates’ unemployment rate eased to 4.1 per cent as compared to 4.4 per cent recorded in the preceding year. Accordingly, the number of unemployed graduates reduced by 2.5 per cent (-5.0 thousand) to 197.4 thousand persons as opposed to 202.4 thousand unemployed graduates in 2020.

In the meantime, the number of graduates outside labour force increased by 5.0 per cent to 841.3 thousand persons (2020: 800.9 thousand persons).

Employed Graduates

Looking at gender distribution of employed graduates in 2021, the share of female was higher at 51.9 per cent or 2.37 million persons while male comprises of 48.1 per cent (2.20 million persons). As compared to the previous year, the number of female employed graduates experienced higher annual growth of 7.4 per cent in 2021 as opposed to an increase of 2.5 per cent in the number of male employed graduates

By status in employment, nearly 90 per cent of employed graduates were in the category of employee with 4.03 million persons. Employed graduates in the category of own account worker which could also be associated with entrepreneurship comprised of 6.4 per cent (290.4 thousand persons), followed by employer at 4.3 per cent (196.6 thousand persons). Meanwhile, another 1.1 per cent (48.9 thousand persons) of employed graduates were unpaid family workers.

Analysis by occupation category, around two-third of employed graduates (64.8%) were in the skilled occupations category, accounting for 2.96 million persons. The highest share of 41.1 per cent (1.88 million persons) were employed in Professional occupation, followed by Technicians and associate professionals with 16.6 per cent (758.2 thousand persons). On the contrary, another 35.2 per cent of graduates worked in semi-skilled and low-skilled occupation categories. These groups could be identified as occupation mismatch considering their educations, knowledge and skills could not be fully utilised to their current work. Employed graduates in semi-skilled category which accounted for 32.9 per cent (1.50 million persons) were largely employed as Clerical support workers (14.4%), followed by Service and sales workers (10.8%) and Craft and related trades workers (4.2%). The remaining of 2.3 per cent (106.0 thousand persons) were employed in low-skilled category.

Graduates Time-Related Underemployment

Beyond unemployment, labour market underutilisation was also assessed in terms of time and skill-related underemployment. Time-related underemployment is defined as those employed less than 30 hours per week due to the nature of work or because of insufficient work, but were able and willing to accept additional hours of work. In line with multiple COVID-19 containment measures implemented in 2021 which among others also involved shorter business hours, graduates in time-related underemployment increased further during the year, registering an addition of 50.5 thousand to record 134.2 thousand persons. The rate of time-related underemployment among graduates surged 1.0 percentage points to 2.9 per cent (2020: 1.9%). Prior to the health crisis, the rate hovered between 0.9 per cent to 1.1 per cent.

Graduates Skill-Related Underemployment

Another dimension of underemployment is related to education, whereby graduates are employed in semi-skilled and low-skilled occupations. It can be observed that the situation of skill-related underemployment which has been one of the fundamental and structural issues in the labour market has intensified since the health crisis. In 2021, the rate of skill-related underemployment for graduates continued to trend up, registering 33.9 per cent or 1.55 million persons (2020: 1.36 million persons; 31.2%).

Unemployed Graduates

Female unemployed graduates composed of 54.2 per cent (106.9 thousand persons) while male made up a share of 45.8 per cent (90.5 thousand persons). The decline in unemployment of graduates for the year 2021 was due to the reduction in the number of male unemployed graduates by 5.3 per cent as against 2020, while the number of female unemployed graduates registered a marginal increase of 0.03 per cent.

The compositions of male and female unemployed graduates across age groups were similar whereby approximately half was concentrated in the age group of 25 to 34 years, followed by about one-third in the age group of 24 years and below which can be associated with new entrants into the labour market.

Graduates Outside Labour Force

Further analysis found that a share of 35.3 per cent (296.6 thousand persons) of graduates were outside labour force in 2021 due to housework/ family responsibility. Those who were attending school/ training programme composed of 32.2 per cent (270.8 thousand persons), while another 4.9 per cent (49.0 thousand persons) were going to further study. Thus, education and training purposes ranked second for graduates to be outside labour force.

Interestingly, reasons for not seeking work varies among male and female graduates outside labour force. Almost half (43.8%) of male graduates outside labour force was due to old age and retirement, followed by more than one-third (34.2%) because of schooling and training. On the other hand, majority of female graduates were outside labour force due to housework/family responsibility, aking up a share of 52.9 per cent. This was followed by 30.9 per cent who were attending training/ schooling.


  • The labour market is anticipated to improve in 2023, with the unemployment rate forecasted to reduce to 3.5%-3.7%, according to the Economic Report released by the Ministry of Finance.
  • This follows the improvements estimated for the whole of 2022 to 3.8%-4%, from 4.2% in the first half of 2022 (1H2022), amid stronger demand for workers by businesses and industries in meeting both external and domestic expansion.
  • Total employment is estimated at 15.3 million persons this year and seen to rise 1.7% to 15.56 million in 2023.
  • The service sector (comprising the wholesale retail, trade, accommodation, food and beverage subsectors) is forecasted to contribute to 65.3% of total employment or 10.165 million persons in 2023, up from 65.1% or 9.966 million in 2022.
  • The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector is seen getting a lower share of 10% in 2023, from 10.1% in 2022, although the number of persons is seen increasing to 1.56 million, from 1.548 million.
  • The share of employment is seen unchanged in 2023 for mining and quarrying (0.5%), manufacturing (16.6%), and construction (7.6%). In 1H2022, the unemployment rate stood at 4.2% or 667,000 persons. Total employment stood at 15.2 million persons.
  • Meanwhile, the number of registered low-skilled foreign workers rose to 1.2 million persons at end-August 2022, from 1.1 million a year ago, although the hiring remains low at 7.3% of total employment. Comparatively, the number of expatriates stood at 86,023 persons at end-June 2022, up 5.5% from 81,539 persons a year ago.

Job placements not as encouraging

  • The positive improvement in the employment rate was also reflected in the declining retrenchment number to pre-pandemic levels of 18,076 persons as at end-June 2022, the report said. Job vacancies doubled to 508,000 positions, from 258,000 in June 2021, it added. “However, job placements were still not encouraging despite the workers shortage issue faced by employers and incentives to increase hiring such as JaminKerja.
  • “Active job seekers, who are mostly with tertiary education, also declined by 57.5% to around 64,000 persons which may imply the nature of jobs, wages and benefits offered may not be attractive enough to job seekers,” it said.

Source: The Edge Markets

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November 2021 Malaysia report


Labour Demand, Third Quarter of 2021

Total jobs in economic sector in Q3 2021 declined by 66 thousand to 8,406 thousand as compared to the same quarter of the previous year (Q3 2020: 8,472 thousand). The number of filled jobs was 8,232 thousand with the rate of 97.9 per cent while the rate of job vacancies accounted for 2.1 percent with 174 thousand job vacancies. There was 15.04 thousand jobs created in this quarter.

Labour Demand by Skill

In terms of share across skills category, jobs in semi-skilled category recorded the highest share of 62.3 per cent (5,238 thousand). Skilled category ranked second at 24.7 per cent with 2,075 thousand jobs. A total of 13.0 per cent of jobs (1,093 thousand) were in the low-skilled category.

Skilled category recorded 2,075 thousand jobs, rose by 6 thousand from the same quarter of the previous year (Q3 2020: 2,069 thousand) comprising of 98.0 per cent rate of filled jobs (2,033 thousand) and job vacancies of 2.0 per cent (42.1 thousand). Meanwhile, 4.5 thousand jobs were created in this category.

The number of jobs in semi-skilled category decreased by 40 thousand posted 5,238 thousand jobs in this quarter as compared to the same quarter of the preceding year (Q3 2020: 5,278 thousand). Out of this total, 98.2 per cent was filled jobs (5,142 thousand) while 1.8 per cent was job vacancies (95.4 thousand). This category recorded 9.3 thousand of jobs created.

The year-on-year performance of low-skilled category reduced by 2.9 per cent to 1,093 thousand jobs with (Q3 2020: 1,125 thousand). Filled jobs accounted of 96.7 per cent of total jobs (1,056 thousand) while job vacancies rate was 3.3 per cent (36.6 thousand). A total of 1.2 thousand jobs were created in the low-skilled category.

Labour Demand by Economic Activity

Looking at the breakdown by economic activity, more than half of jobs and filled jobs with a share of 51.7 per cent (4,342 thousand) and 52.4 per cent (4,317 thousand) respectively were in Services sector. Within the same period, Manufacturing sector recorded 2,286 thousand jobs (27.2%) and 2,187 thousand of filled jobs (26.6%).

The highest vacancies recorded by Manufacturing sector with a share of 56.9 per cent (99 thousand) followed by Agriculture (16.5%; 29 thousand) and Services (14.6%; 25 thousand).

The percentage share of jobs created primarily dominated by Manufacturing sector with 43.9 per cent (7 thousand). Services sector ranked second with 34.9 per cent (5 thousand) and followed by Construction (15.8%; 2 thousand).







National Career Development Centre Association (NACDA Malaysia) Cuppa Diem: Growth and Well Being 

Date: 18 Nov 2021 

Time: 3.00 – 4.30pm 

Mode: Online 

NACDA Industry Advisors as we chat and share about the growth and well-being of our career practitioners.

Career practitioners from various HEIs Career Centers 


Government Linked Universities (GLU) Student Leadership Summit 2021 – Future of Graduates Session 

Date: 13 Nov 2021 

Time: 12.00 – 1.00 pm 

Mode : online 

To share issues, challenges & preparations required for students, fresh graduates relevant with remote working, agile environment with Covid 19 pandemic 

120 student leaders from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Multimedia University (MMU)  


NACDA Malaysia Dialogue Series Dialogue Series (A Mini Forum) with Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University (WMSCU), Indonesia.

Date: 1 Nov 2021 

Time: 11.00 am -12.30 pm 

Mode: online 

To share issues and challenges for business graduates’ students for employability in Malaysia & Indonesia 

Career practitioners, lectures from Business School from various universities, colleges. 


NACDA Malaysia Q3 Members Meeting 

Date: 30 Sept 2021 

Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm 

Mode: online 

To share latest updates about student career development, graduates’ employability & labor information market trends, insights 

Career practitioners from various HEIs Career Centers 


EduHub Chat Series 3# 

Date: 7 October 2021 

Time: 3.00 -4.00 pm 

Mode: online 

Speaker: Ms Emily Rose Lizada, Career Counsellor, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) 

To share HEI students career development and graduate employability initiatives, programs, and partnerships with industries in Philippines 

Career practitioners from various HEIs Career Centers


#SpendLikeLokal: Merdeka Youth Forum


Session 2: Employable Tomorrow: Are You a Survivor?

Day 2 

Date: 29 August 2021 (Sunday) 

Time: 2.00 -4.00 pm 




1. Baktiar Hasnan, President National Career Development Centre Association Malaysia

2. Khairul Ikwan, Founder & Manager of Gig, Venture Enterprise 

an initiative by International Welfare, Economics & Leadership Dialogue (I-WELD), in collaboration with Youth Ventures Asia, presents the inaugural Merdeka Youth Forum; a 3 days virtual roundtable with one big aim, empowering youth to take active participation in shaping the future of Malaysia. 



Ministry Of Higher Education Initiatives to Boost Graduate Employability.

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One of the current priorities for the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) is to improve the education system, while producing more holistic and employable graduates

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad have outlined a five-year plan with four main strategies aimed at producing better graduates that are ready for the workforce.

These strategies revolve around reinforcing talent, expanding careers of graduates, enhancing teaching, and learning, and strengthening industry ties.

For example, the ministry has partnered with Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) to provide graduates access to national employment portal MYFutureJobs. Besides that, TalentCorp is offering its Nurturing Expert Talent module to help with career profiling.

These are timely initiatives, as a study by MOHE showed that the graduate employability rate decreased by 1.8% in 2020

The 2020 Graduate Tracking Study found that Malaysian graduates had a marketability rate of 84.4%, compared to 86.2% in the previous year. In other words, up to 40,550 graduates were not able to secure a job within six months of graduating.

To help make it easier for graduates to find out about job offers and other opportunities, the government introduced Graduates Reference Hub for Employment and Training (GREaT) in September 2020. The one-stop portal now even includes a feature to automatically match unemployed graduates with suitable job vacancies found in their database.

Nevertheless, a positive sign is that polytechnic graduates are in high demand, with a marketability rate of over 90% for five years in a row 

Despite the pandemic, polytechnic graduates still had a 91.2% marketability rate in 2020.

That is why the Ministry of Higher Education will continue to look at the betterment of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, along with programme accreditation and recognition at the international level.

Following the tabling of #Bajet2022, Budget 2022, the government announced that MOHE has been allocated RM14.5 billion, which will help education agencies as well as students. Here's how

1. Of the RM14.5 billion allocation, RM11.5 billion will be used for operating expenses and RM3 billion will be channelled for development expenses.

2. From 1 November 2021 to 30 April 2022, those who are repaying their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans in full will get a 15% discount. Those who are repaying at least half of their loan balance will get a 12% discount. Also, if you repay your PTPTN loans through salary cuts or scheduled direct debit, you'll be given a 10% discount.

3. Companies that offer scholarships to students will receive double tax deduction, and this policy is now applicable to all fields of study.

4. An estimated 600,000 students from B40 families will receive free tablets, with an allocation of RM450 million for this programme.

5. RM6.6 billion has been allocated for education loan programmes through Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), and Yayasan Peneraju. The allocation will also be channelled towards helping students upgrade from certificate programmes to diplomas.

6. Over two million youths will benefit from RM150 e-wallet credit, under the government's eStart programme to foster a culture of cashless transactions. A total of RM300 million has been allocated for this initiative.

7. Employers who hire school leavers and graduates aged 18 to 30 years old will be provided a monthly incentive of RM900. This amount will be given monthly for each hire for a period of six months.

8. The government also called for the private sector to offer an allowance of RM900 to students undergoing industrial training.

9. Tax incentives for the Structured Industrial Training Programme will be extended until the year of assessment 2025, applicable for students at different levels, including master’s degree, Professional Certificate, and Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 1 and 2.

10. RM423 million has been allocated for the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOST) and MOHE to enhance R&D activities. This includes RM295 million for public universities to play a role in research and innovation.

11. In an effort to increase access to screening and health education, mobile clinic services will be expanded to university teaching hospitals. The capacity of public health service facilities will also be increased, with RM4 billion allocated for the implementation of vaccination programmes as well as other efforts to address COVID-19, including university teaching hospitals.

12. RM6.6 billion will be allocated to the TVET industry, with an additional RM200 million for joint venture programmes with the industry.

13. The government will be carrying out projects like road maintenance, infrastructure renovation, and updating equipment at public universities, polytechnics, and community colleges, with a total allocation of RM2.9 billion.

14. Pioneered by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, the government will be implementing community-based rehabilitation programmes at more universities starting next year.

In addition to these initiatives, daycare facilities will be offered at public universities to support working mothers. The Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN) will also get a RM50 million network upgrade, from 500Mbps to 10Gbps.

February 2021 Malaysia report

COVID-19’s impact on Malaysia:

Third Wave of COVID-19 – Total cases in Malaysia have gone up to 223K, 791 deaths.

MCO (Movement Control Order)

The government has reinstated the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah as well as the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan for a two-week period starting Jan 13, 2021. MCO is extended until Feb 18, 2021 and involved all states in Malaysia besides Sarawak.

Educational institutions (from primary school to secondary school -Start the academic year on Jan 20, 2021 with online classes.

October 2020 Malaysia Report

COVID-19’s impact on Malaysia:

  • Third Wave of COVID-19 - Active cases in Malaysia have gone up to 9,903.
  • In total, Malaysia has recorded 28,640 Covid-19 cases since January.
  • CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order)
  • The CMCO was recently reinstated in the country on October 14 after a rise in COVID-19 cases triggered the need for more extensive safety measures to be put in place. It was originally slated to end on October 27, 2020. However, CMCO has been extended for another 2 weeks until November 9th 2020.
International Seminar Counselling and Well-Being (ISCWB 2020).
  • Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya will be organising International Seminar Counselling and Well-Being (ISCWB 2020), virtual seminar with the theme of “Counseling and Well-Being in the era of Pandemic” on November 19th 2020. (

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July Country Report

Reopening of schools and universities

Reopening of schools starting July 15. Co-curricular and sports activities cannot be held yet, students and teachers only come to school for teaching and learning.

Malaysia Cabinet had agreed for all university  students to eventually return to campuses by October 2020.

  • In Malaysia according to The Malaysian Department of Statistics which have conducted a survey on around 168182 workers, the results shown that the agriculture and services sectors are those that affected the most by this pandemic with highest job losses compared to other field at 21.9% and 15% respectively (The Edge Malaysia, 2020). There are 33% of workers from the fishing sectors lost their jobs whereas there are 21.1% of the labours from the agriculture and plantation have lost their jobs. Meanwhile, there are also 35.45% from the food services sector lost their jobs (The Edge Malaysia, 2020).

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April 2020 Country Report

International Counseling Convention (ICC2020), Malaysia

International Counseling Convention (ICC 2020), Malaysia is postponed to another date due to COVID-19 happening worldwide.

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November 2019 Country report


University of Malaya (Malaysia) will be organising STEM For Shared Prosperity Forum on 29th November 2019 (Friday) at Physics Department, University of Malaya (2.45-4.30pm).

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September 2019 Country report

by Poh Li Lau


The 2nd International Seminar on Guidance and Counseling on Oct 14th -15th 2019 at EASTPARC Hotel Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This conference is a collaboration between Malaysia-Indonesia through ABKIN and PERKAMA.


Social Support, Resilience and Work Readiness among University Students: A Structural Equation Model. – RM5000 Research Grant Faculty.

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