Jobs on offer for urban poor

PETALING JAYA: Over 10,000 jobs for the urban poor will be up for grabs at a job-matching event during Program Kerjaya UP, which will be held at Pusat Komuniti Setiawangsa here.

Organised by the Human Resources Ministry via the Social Security Organisation (Socso), the job-matching event tomorrow is expected to be the highlight of Program Kerjaya UP (urban poor).

“Program Kerjaya UP includes job interviews for vulnerable individuals living in urban areas to make it easier for this target group to get a livelihood.

“The highlight of this programme are the interview sessions by employers from various industries to fill 10,305 vacancies, ” said Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed (pic) in a statement.

The programme is a successor to Socso’s previous Jom Kerja programme held at various public housing and People’s Housing Project locations in March.

Jom Kerja identified vulnerable groups, including the B40, which were badly affected socially and economically by the Covid-19 pandemic, said Mohammed Azman.

Following this, Socso cooperated with the ministry and relevant agencies to offer various services to meet the groups’ needs.

Among others, Program Kerjaya UP will also provide career counselling services, resume writing and interview clinics, business registration counters, as well as advice on entrepreneurship, finance, career training and e-Kasih registration.

“Free transportation will also be provided at selected locations, ” added Mohammed Azman.

To encourage employers to hire workers from this category, Socso is offering incentives via its PenjanaKerjaya programme, which gives up to RM6,000 monthly for employers who hire workers from vulnerable groups.

Meanwhile, employers who hire local workers to replace foreign workers under the Malaysianisation category can get up to RM4,000 monthly.

“Under the Malaysianisation category, local workers employed in sectors with a high dependency on foreign workers are also eligible to receive payments of between RM500 and RM2,000 monthly for a maximum period of six months for each worker, ” said Mohammed Azman.

Jobseekers who are interested can register at

Further information can be obtained on Socso’s social media sites or

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