Malaysia sees rising need to prioritise digital skills (Malay Mail)

Malaysia is facing challenges in building its digital workforce, as reflected in the fast-growing demand for digital talent despite a comparative shortfall in supply, said Kelly Services Malaysia’s 2019 Malaysia Salary Guide.

In a statement today, the workforce solutions firm said the newly-launched guide also emphasised on the rising need for digital skills to be prioritised across almost all job sectors.

Kelly Services Malaysia managing director and country head Brian Sim said a growing skill gap could be seen in the Malaysian talent pool, as more businesses embraced the 4th Industrial Revolution and digitally transformed their businesses.

“This issue is being addressed by both the Malaysian government as well as organisations through various policies and initiatives, but workers must also take the initiative to up-skill themselves to remain competitive in this evolving employment landscape,” he said.

In terms of employment sectors, the engineering and information technology (IT) sectors are expected to grow this year despite the challenging economic climate, while the banking and shared services sectors have seen slower growth since the general election last year.

The report said there was a clear interest in developing the engineering sector, with the support of government initiatives such as the Industry4WRD policy as well as the government’s goal to double the number of skilled workers from 18 per cent to 35 per cent by 2025.

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Malay Mail

27 March 2019

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