IF you are skilled in information technology (IT), finance and digital marketing, you’re among the most wanted workers by bosses post-pandemic.
Workers in IT and software development, digital marketing, finance and project managers are the most sought-after jobs named by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Such jobs are much needed by employers after the pandemic changed the work landscape in Malaysia, says MEF president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman.
“It changed work modes, efficiency, and overall employment in almost all industries.
“Employers and employees are relying on technology to sustain work remotely or to keep businesses running.
“Many operations migrated into the digital space, therefore changing the kinds of jobs that companies are looking for,” he explains.
Such a trend is also seen in a study by JobStreet Malaysia, which found that jobs involving IT, accounting and engineering as some of the most highly sought full-time roles by companies as all industries gear up to pre-pandemic level operations.
Job functions like administration and human resources, engineering, and sales or business development, are also part of the list of popular roles, according to JobStreet Malaysia’s 2022-2023 Compensation & Benefits study.
The Human Resources Ministry has also listed administrative assistants, software developers and digital marketing workers as among the most in-demand jobs after the pandemic.
Sales assistants and waiters are also much needed, based on the national employment portal, MYFutureJobs.
Since 2020, the portal has advertised over 729,000 jobs.
“The demand for these occupations is spurred by the recovering economy, coupled with support from government initiatives, namely hiring incentives.
“Such demand for jobs from the various sectors indicates positive economic recovery,” the ministry tells Sunday Star.
The ministry, through the Social Security Organisation (Socso), says it consistently offers and actively conducts career fairs and interviews, while giving free skills training to those who are eligible.
“Despite the fact that the economy is still in recovery, employers are beginning to rethink and readjust to working remotely as a new norm to ensure that business is back on track.
“On the positive side, digital skills have also improved a lot and we can see that the digital industry is accelerating.
“With more resources directed toward the expansion of the digital industry, it has helped to create a lot of opportunities and employment offers for the jobseekers,” the ministry says.
For example, it explains that the food and beverage industry faced challenges in its operations to survive during the pandemic.
“However, they succeeded in creating their own online presence and training their staff to handle online inquiries and meal preparation efficiently,” the ministry adds.