Job vacancies rise to 90,502 in 2Q21

The increase is higher than the number of job vacancies advertised in the 4Q19 

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

JOB vacancy advertisement in the country has risen to 90,502 in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21), from 90,218 posted in the previous quarter and 19,169 in 2Q20. 

The Department of Statistics Malaysia said in its Big Data Analytics Job Market Insights and My Job Profile: Job Vacancies Landscape in Malaysia for 2Q21 that the number of job vacancies advertised online posted in April, May and June was 33,877, 28,242 and 28,383 respectively. 

Based on the report, most of the employers demanded professional category workers (50.8%), followed by technicians and associate professionals (19.2%) and managers (18.4%) category workers. 

While the top five most popular jobs advertised by employers are advertising and marketing professionals, administrative associate professionals, MDs and CEOs, accountants and auditors, and software developers. 

“The report recorded that job vacancy advertised by employers rose for the fourth consecutive quarter,” chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in a statement yesterday. 

He added that the increase is higher than the number of job vacancies advertised in the 4Q19 (90,437 vacancies), before the Covid-19 pandemic started in Malaysia. 

Meanwhile, from the perspective of the economic sector, professional, scientific and technical activities have become the main sector contributing to job opportunities for job seekers with 18.5% compared to the second rank in the 1Q21 (9.5%). 

The sectors which also listed in five sectors to offer the highest number of job vacancies in the 2Q21 are manufacturing activities (18.1%), wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles activities (17.9%), financial and insurance/takaful activities (8%) and accommodation and food service activities (3.5%). 

As for the location, Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest number of job vacancies advertised by states in the 2Q21, with 46.6%, followed by Selangor (19.6%), Johor (7.1%), Penang (6.2%) and Perak (1.4%). 

The report also contains information on job vacancies advertised online by employers from various aspects such as by the occupation’s type and profile, location, skills, the field of studies and others. 

However, the data on job vacancies advertised was gathered using the Big Data Analytics application, and not intended to provide actual numbers or absolute statistical benchmarks as provided by the key monthly labour statistics that are being published. 

“The increase of online job vacancies advertised in the 2Q21 has shown that the country’s economy is on the right path of recovery in the upcoming quarters if the implementation of National Recovery Plan succeeded in reducing the impact of the pandemic and facilitating the recovery of the country’s economy,” Mohd Uzir said. 

Various users especially job seekers can access the latest information on job vacancies on a quarterly basis at www.dosm.gov.my/bda-jmi and myjobprofile.dosm.gov.my.