Government launches grants to woo women back to workforce

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015

Rohani (left) launching the Career Comeback Programme and grants with Johan.

PETALING JAYA: In an effort to raise the participation of women in the workforce, the Women, Family, and Community Development Ministry, together with TalentCorp, has launched a grant to encourage companies to employ women who have taken career breaks.

The grants were announced by Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim as part of the Career Comeback Programme, launched at Connexion@Nexus in Kuala Lumpur.

The grants, namely the Resourcing Grant and the Retention Grant, are structured to drive companies to attract and retain women who have been on a career break for more than six months.

The Resourcing Grant is available for companies that have implemented or enhanced a recruitment program targeted at women returnees, and the grant will be used to co-fund 75% of the recruitment costs incurred.

The Retention Grant, however, is for companies that have successfully hired and retained women returnees for more than six months, with a grant equivalent to one month of the returnees' salary.

"We understand it can be challenging and daunting to look for a job after time out of the workforce," said TalentCorp CEO Johan Mahmood Merican.

"We hope to ease this process by connecting jobseekers who are women returnees to potential employers. By giving them targeted incentives, we can encourage employers to expand their talent pool and at the same time provide career opportunities for women looking to return to work," he said.

The launch was held during the Career Comeback Fair, which saw more than 30 participating employers connecting with over 500 women keen to re-join the workforce.

The fair also included a panel session featuring women returnees who had successfully made a career comeback.

Among them included Vanitha Subramaniam, who advised mothers looking to get back into the workforce to focus on their strengths and interests as an individual.

"As women, we need to be less judgmental of ourselves. We shouldn't feel less worthy or guilty if we want to do something for ourselves.

"Ultimately, we need to find what works for each one of us. Be able to recognise your strengths and what you think you can still work on to improve," said Subramaniam, who is a mother.

Currently, Malaysia's rate of female participation in the workforce is at 52.4% - one of the lowest among Asean countries. The target for Malaysia is to increase this number to 55% by the end of the year.

The Career Comeback Fair was organised by TalentCorp under their division. hosts a job portal dedicated for positions with flexible working arrangements, which is powered by, the recruitment portal of The Star Media Group.
For more info on the Career Comeback Programme, visit

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