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24 April 2017
Kadar pengangguran 
di Malaysia dijangka 3.3% - Utusan Online
KUALA LUMPUR 24 April - Kadar pengangguran di Malaysia dijangka mencatat purata sekitar 3.3 peratus tahun ini didorong oleh perkembangan aktiviti dagangan global yang semakin positif. Menurut MIDF Research, perkara itu akan memberi kesan yang positif kepada pasaran buruh ekoran prestasi ekonomi Malaysia yang lebih baik hasil daripada industri yang berasaskan eksport.
14 April 2017
HRDF levy meant for contributors’ use - The Star Online
THE Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has announced that it will use 30% of employers’ unused levy contributions to retrain retrenched workers “HRDF to retrain retrenched workers under pilot scheme” (The Star, April 11). Since June 2015, 30% of the total levy payments to HRDF by employers has been placed in the 1Malaysia Globally Recognised Industry and Professional Certification Programme (1MGRIP).
12 April 2017
Cabaran industri 4.0 mahasiswa abad ke-21 - Sinar Harian
MUTAKHIR ini, dunia berdepan pelbagai ketidaktentuan yang menjadikan pelbagai perkara semakin sukar diramal. Tiga (3) domain utama iaitu politik, ekonomi dan sosial mencakupi segenap penjuru kehidupan diinjak dengan pelbagai cabaran yang menggila. Polemik kelemahan mahasiswa dengan pelbagai tanda harga murah seperti tidak cukup ilmu, tidak berkemahiran, bermasalah dalam komunikasi, memiliki sikap negatif, kurang cakna dan berpengetahuan am rendah adalah antara yang boleh disenaraikan. Mendukacitakan. Belum lagi ditambah graduan muda yang dikatakan bersikap 'sangat mendesak' dalam soal gaji permulaan berbanding kemahiran.
11 April 2017
Employment Insurance Scheme — a boon or bane? - The Edge Markets
AFTER a decade of public discourse, the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) is set to be implemented next January. But despite the strong views expressed both for and against it, much about scheme remains unknown. So, what is the EIS? Such a scheme is not new. Countries like Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Chile and South Korea have already adopted it many years ago.
11 April 2017
Mixed response from employers - The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: There is a mixed response from employers to the Human Resources Development Fund’s (HRDF) move over the unutilised portion of the 30% levy collected into a common fund. While some are in support, others feel they should have a free hand in choosing the skills train­-ing needed for their employees.
10 April 2017
Retrenched – what are my options?
Being retrenched is a traumatic situation but knowing your rights and making heads and tails of all the information at hand assists you in making an informed decision. Remember the choice you make now will impact the rest of your life so seek professional advice from not only a qualified but experienced planner who is able to specialise in this field. The correct advice will certainly minimise your financial worries and assist you in your future decisions.
04 April 2017
Giant buka peluang pekerjaan di Kelantan - Sinar Harian
GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, pemilik pasar raya jenama Giant, membuka cawangan kedua di Kelantan iaitu Giant Tunjung Mall, Bandar Baharu Tunjung. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Pierre Olivier Deplanck berkata, cawangan baharu itu menandakan satu lagi pertumbuhan yang signifikan untuk GCH Retail dan melambangkan kekuatan syarikat itu sebagai pemain utama dalam industri runcit makanan Malaysia. “Dengan pembukaan gedung ini, 700 peluang pekerjaan diwujudkan dan kami juga berjaya mendapatkan lebih 10 perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (PKS) menjadi pembekal Giant Tunjung,” katanya pada perasmian cawangan itu, baru-baru ini.
31 March 2017
Are You Employable For The Future? - by Prethiba Esvary
Thousands of people lost their jobs over the last two years. Malaysia’s unemployment rate rose from 3.4% in 2015 to 3.5% last year, which means about 14,000 people lost their jobs between 2015 and 2016. Although the jump of 0.1% may seem too small, in reality, it translates to nearly half a million Malaysians being unemployed. Was this due to the country’s economic downturn, or the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Studies show it’s both. Due to these external changes, there have been escalated demands for certain skilled talents that are capable of positively impacting business operations, especially during times of uncertainty.
29 March 2017
Right training can boost SMEs - The Star
TO keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology and expanding job functions, the local labour force has to be regularly trained and equipped with the required skills sets. While large companies with deeper pockets might find it easier to do these, it may not be the case for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). “Training is expensive,” Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) chief executive Datuk C.M. Vignaesvaran said. He believed that SMEs’ contribution to the economy could be strengthened with better access to training.
28 March 2017
ADAX sasar lahir 20,000 saintis data - Berita Harian
KUALA LUMPUR: ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX), bursa data fizikal pertama di dunia yang terletak di Malaysia menyasar untuk melahirkan 20,000 profesional data menjelang 2020, sekali gus mencapai aspirasi ekonomi digital negara ini. Profesional data berpeluang menjana pendapatan penengah atau median hingga RM50,000 sebulan jika mempunyai pengalaman sekurang-kurangnya lima tahun. Di Amerika Syarikat (AS), gaji median profesional data boleh mencecah hingga AS$128,000 sebulan. ADAX yang berpusat di Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur adalah inisiatif yang diterajui oleh Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) dan peruntukan daripada Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd (PSMB).
28 March 2017
Peluang kerja untuk penduduk Kubang Kerian - Sinar Online
KOTA BHARU - Kerajaan Kelantan akan menimbang permohonan mewujudkan Pusat Perniagaan Al-Khatiri di Bandar Baru Kubang Kerian selepas terbinanya Hotel Al-Khatiri untuk pembangunan ekonomi di negeri ini. Exco Kerajaan Tempatan, Perumahan Belia dan Sukan Kelantan, Datuk Abdul Fattah Mahmood berkata, pihaknya memberi sokongan terhadap pelaburan yang dibuat Yayasan Al-Khatiri itu bagi membantu pembangunan ekonomi sebagai bandar elit Kubang Kerian.
27 March 2017
Young and jobless - The Star
PETALING JAYA: The youth unemployment rate in Malaysia has reached more than three times the national unemployment rate of 3.1%, due to the slower growth in hiring, according to Bank Negara in its 2016 annual report. In 2015, the unemployment rate among youths was estimated to have reached 10.7%. Bank Negara said youths represented more than half of unemployed workers, although it only made up a third of the labour force. “In 2015, unemployment rate among youths increased by 1.2 percentage points from an estimated 9.5% to 10.7%, while national unemployment rate went up by only 0.2 percentage points (from 2.9% to 3.1%) during the same period (see chart).
24 March 2017
MTUC welcomes insurance scheme for retrenched workers
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has lauded the new Employment Insurance System (EIS), saying that it is timely. In welcoming the good news, MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor pointed out the EIS would protect workers who could lose their jobs due to uncertain economic conditions and with increased automation by many industries. However, Abdul Halim said MTUC wanted the rate of contribution for the scheme to be increased to better protect workers who lost their jobs. “We must not ignore the fact that retrenched workers still have bills to pay and families to feed,” he said. He urged the Government to speed up implementation of the EIS, pointing out that many countries have it and that MTUC was disheartened by objections from local bosses.
14 March 2017
Petronas: No further layoffs this year - New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no more reduction in manpower this year, says Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) President and chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. When asked on the possibility of restructuring, Wan Zulkiflee said there will be no major restructuring concerning its manpower strength. “So far, about 2,300 people have been affected. Some of which whose contracts were not renewed and some of them were offered Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS). Most of them are expatriates who were on contract basis.
23 February 2017
Foreign bank to lay off 60, claims union
PETALING JAYA: A leading international bank is set to dismiss 60 low-level staff in Malaysia, claims the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE). NUBE secretary-general J Solomon said the bank was trimming down its workforce by offering a voluntary separation scheme (VSS). However, he added, selected workers were bullied into accepting the VSS. “The bank is attempting to sack 60 of its employees by offering a VSS, which actually isn’t voluntary. Staff members were told to accept the VSS, otherwise they would be transferred.
31 January 2017
Use past huge profits to avoid layoffs, employers advised - Free Malaysia Today
PETALING JAYA: A top union leader has cautioned employers against using the excuse of “supposed economic problems” to justify laying off workers, The Sun reported today. MTUC secretary-general J Solomon said some employers may take advantage of the current economic situation to lay-off workers despite being in good standing based on the financial reserves carried forward from previous years. “Many employers had made huge profits during the good times and its now time that they start repaying their workers to help them survive this economic hardship.
13 January 2017
Buka banyak peluang kerja - Sinar Harian
PASIR PUTEH - Kewujudan lebih 30 kilang dan kedai keropok di Kampung Pachakan dan kampung sekitarnya di Semerak dekat sini, memberi banyak peluang pekerjaan kepada penduduk. Pengusaha keropok, Zulkifli Awang Man, 49, berkata, kilangnya menggunakan pekerja dalam kalangan penduduk setempat. Katanya, kilang terletak di kampung yang terkenal sebagai pengeluar produk keropok tidak menghadapi masalah mendapatkan pekerja mahir “Kebanyakan penduduk mahir dalam pembuatan atau pemprosesan keropok kerana industri ini sudah lama bertapak di sini. “Setiap kilang memerlukan sekurang-kurangnya 10 pekerja,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian. Beliau yang dibantu isterinya, Noor Hashimi Kedah, 43, menghasilkan beberapa produk seperti keropok lekor, keropok losong dan keropok segera.
11 January 2017
High-flying oil workers now scraping by amid layoffs
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 — Haqim Nawawi thought he had it all when an international oil services firm poached him from a biochemical company and hired him as a logging-while-drilling field specialist with a monthly salary of more than RM10,000. But just 11 months into his dream job, the 26-year-old took a phone call last June that would crush all hopes for a comfortable life. Now, he is jobless and makes a scanty side income of RM540 a month teaching secondary school students maths or science.
04 January 2017
Pengukuhan harga minyak rancakkan peluang pekerjaan - Utusan online
KUALA LUMPUR 3 Jan. – Sektor pekerjaan di negara ini diramalkan kembali pulih, susulan pe­ningkatan semula harga minyak dunia yang berlegar sekitar AS$56 (RM251.58) setong, merupakan yang tertinggi dalam tempoh setahun, menurut firma penyelidikan MIDF Research. Pemulihan harga minyak dunia merupakan antara faktor optimistik yang bakal membantu mengukuhkan ekonomi Malaysia dalam 2017, jelas firma itu, selepas negara ini menerima pelbagai tempias negatif akibat perubahan trend pasaran peringkat global. “Harga komoditi dijangka lebih tinggi berbanding setahun lalu. Ini merupakan perkembangan yang baik kepada syarikat-syarikat minyak dan gas (O&G) dan juga kerajaan. Keadaan ini akan menyebabkan persekitaran pasaran peluang pekerjaan yang lebih baik,” jelas MIDF dalam nota kajiannya hari ini.
03 January 2017
Malaysia’s ‘modest’ growth a chance for firms to diversify in 2017? - Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 — Malaysia’s job market last year was regarded as nothing short of sluggish, even though recent data from the World Bank showed the country has been growing at 4.2 per cent in the face of a “declining global economy”. Data from the Department of Statistics also showed a 0.4 per cent decrease in the labour force in September from August. But economists believe Malaysia’s “modest” growth rate may present opportunities for some companies to diversify their business interests and help lift the job market this year. “Logically, one may think that Malaysia should be impacted far more than what we are going through but it is commendable for the country to perform above par during this trying times by registering a growth in GDP and in some trading sectors,” Yeah Kim Leng, professor of economics at Sunway University Business School, told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.