More than 500,000 individuals secured employment via 27 govt initiatives

Among the key initiatives that have contributed to this success are PenjanaKerjaya and MySTEP, says PM

by BERNAMA

A TOTAL of 500,257 job seekers have secured employment through 27 initiatives implemented by the government, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture).

He said the figure indicated that the government has managed to surpass its intention of creating 500,000 job opportunities set by the Finance Ministry (MoF) through the 2021 Budget.

Ismail Sabri said it was a meaningful achievement considering the various challenges in the labour market due to the Covid-19 outbreak since March last year, which resulted in the unemployment rate soaring to 5.3% in May the same year.

Among the key initiatives that have contributed to this success, he said, are the hiring incentive programme, PenjanaKerjaya, and the Malaysia Short-Term Employment Programme (MySTEP).

“As of Dec 3, PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 has succeeded in providing placement for a total of 221,966 employees, exceeding the overall target of 200,000 thousand job opportunities for 2021.

“PenjanaKerjaya is run by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) which provides salary incentives of up to 60% of the monthly salary to employers, as well as high skills training programmes or professional certificates to employees of up to RM7,000,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The RM700 million government initiative, MySTEP, also surpassed the overall target of creating 50,000 jobs this year with the placement of 61,328 employees on a contract basis for at least six months in various government ministries and agencies, and government-linked companies (GLCs).

Of that number, a total of 41,680 people were given placement in the public sector, while the remaining 19,648 in GLCs and their strategic partners.

“Under the programme, applicants are placed at various ministries and agencies, such as the MoF, Ministry of Higher Education, Public Service Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Permodalan Nasional Bhd, Employees Provident Fund and Khazanah Nasional.

“Since PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 and MySTEP were first implemented last January, the number of jobs created has always exceeded the set monthly target,” he said.

The PM said apart from PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 and MySTEP, the government had also managed to create more than 123,312 new jobs through investments in the country with 74.2% of them in the skilled and semi-skilled categories.

Ismail Sabri said under the 2022 Budget, the government would create 600,000 job opportunities under the JaminKerja Keluarga Malaysia (JaminKerja) initiative, which would involve an allocation of RM4.8 billion.

“The government through, Socso, will continue its recruitment efforts through the JaminKerja initiative with an allocation of RM2 billion and will provide an incentive of 20% of the monthly salary for the first six months and 30% for the subsequent six months subject to employment with a salary of RM1,500 and above.

“The government hopes this effort can create 300,000 new jobs for next year,” he said.

Apart from that, the government will also continue with the MySTEP initiative by offering 80,000 contract employment opportunities covering 50,000 jobs in the public sector and 30,000 jobs in GLCs and their strategic partners from January next year.