Growing Confidence in the Job Market – Job Outlook Report 2018

0, Asia’s leading talent sourcing partner revealed its Job Outlook Report 2018, indicating that both employers and talent have a more optimistic outlook in 2018. According to the Job Outlook 2018 report, job opportunities for candidates are expected to be stronger than they were in 2017, with 30% of Malaysian employers indicating an increase in hiring activity – a 12% increase year-on-year. Meanwhile, 15% of the employers surveyed have mentioned that they will maintain their hiring rate in 2018.

In addition, a notable drop in “hiring freeze” was observed by a 5% improvement from last year, affirming the growing momentum in hiring activity. This growing confidence correlates with an increase in job postings – a 9% increase year-on-year – in which
online migration of non-executive job postings contributed 3% to the overall growth.
“We see both employers and candidates sharing a more optimistic outlook towards the job market this year. The key drivers of this sentiment are the rise of start-ups, expansion of local businesses, and entry of foreign companies that will lead to job creation and the need for diversified skills. Therefore, we can expect both job hunting and hiring activity to pick up in 2018,” said Chook Yuh Yng, Country Manager of Malaysia.

With a growing market confidence this year, the Job Outlook Report 2018 also revealed some useful insights on competitive hiring strategy – employee compensation and benefits. According to the report, the top five benefits desired by employees are: health/medical insurance, transportation allowance, medical coverage for family/dependents, pension/retirement fund and flexible working hours.

“In times of increased hiring activity, employers should look into emerging needs of employees as pull factors to be competitive in talent attraction and retention. Essentially, it is important for employers to find a balance between employees’ desired benefits and offered benefits to be able to retain and attract talent,” added Chook.

The Job Outlook Report 2018 was shared during the Malaysia Career and Training Fair 2018 (MCTF’18) along with’s latest feature, Career Insights – a data-driven tool for insights into candidates’ intended job roles such as salary data, skill requirements, and industry trends. This new feature from boasts a total of 162 roles, encompassing 75% of the most popular job roles across all industries to help candidates make better informed career decisions.

The Malaysia Career & Training Fair 2018 (MCTF’18) is organised by AIC Exhibitions in collaboration with to gather over 130 companies across industries for candidates to meet and network with Malaysia’s top employers under one roof. “With the job market expected to gain momentum, we hope the Malaysia Career & Training Fair will serve as a platform for employers to find the right talent, and for candidates to seize the career opportunities offered here this weekend,” said Dato’ William Ng, Managing Director of AIC Exhibitions Sdn Bhd. The two-day MCTF’18 event will feature more than 130 employers in the market such as Panasonic, Sunway, Top Glove, Genting Group, Maybank and Eco World at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from 10
February 2018 to 11 February 2018.

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