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Malaysia – Number of private sector jobs up in Q2

10 September 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, the total number of jobs in the private sector in Malaysia totalled 8.62 million, an increase of 145,000 when compared to the same quarter last year, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

The rate of filled positions was 97.5%, while the number of vacancies was 218,000 with a rate of 2.5%.

 A total of 27,000 jobs were created in this quarter in the private sector.

In terms of skill, job roles were largely recorded in semi-skilled category with a share of 62.3%. A total of 24.4% of positions were in the skilled category while low-skilled was 13.3%.

As filled positions made up 97.5% of total positions, the composition by skill category was similar. Semi-skilled category comprised of 62.4% of filled roles, followed by skilled category (24.4%) and low-skilled category (13.2%).

In Q2 2019, the service sector remained as the largest contributor in positions and filled position with a percentage share of 51.6% and 52.5%, respectively. Manufacturing sector recorded the second highest share at 26.3% of positions and 25.6% of filled positions.

Meanwhile, the largest share of vacancies was posted by the Manufacturing sector at 55.6%, followed by Services (20.1%).

During the quarter, 50.4% of jobs created were in the service sector followed by construction sector with 20.8% and Manufacturing sector with 19.6%.

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