Sending workers to upskill in Japan benefits both countries, minister says


MALAYSIA’S move to send unskilled workers to Japan for upskilling will only add value to both countries and workers involved, Human Resources Minister M Saravanan said.

“We are sending unskilled workers to Japan so that they return to Malaysia as skilled workers and in a way, this will add value to the country and individual. From this memorandum of cooperation, large Japanese companies in Malaysia will absorb these skilled workers with high salaries.

“As an advantage, the large workers trained in Japan will lead to large Japanese companies to commence operations in Malaysia as the workers trained there are in Malaysia,” Saravanan said to The Malaysian Reserve recently.

He also informed that Malaysia needs to become a suitable country for all to ensure the workers sent to Japan return back home once the five-year period ends.

Meanwhile, Hays Malaysia concluded that the ten most sought skills in Malaysia for this year in its report which focuses on digital transformation and is in line with the government’s push for digitalisation — accelerated digitalisations needed for tech professionals; need of hybrid roles in banking and finance; look out for customer-centric and data driven marketing; expanding shared services centres to centres of excellence; secretariat roles to require legal expertise, bringing back generalist human resources roles; reset for insurers; surge in semiconductor industry; growing sales sector and technical skills needed in life science sector

“With multiple sectors anticipating a return to growth in 2022 and headcounts expected to rise, employers will need to strengthen their talent attraction and retention strategies to remain competitive. And while the market might be supply short in certain sectors, candidates should continue to focus on upskilling themselves to prove their relevance and value,” the recruitment agency said.

On the same note, Malaysia Digital Economy Corp’s (MDEC) Digital Talent Snapshot in Malaysia for fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21) stated that the overall digital jobs have increased over the past year in Malaysia.

“Total digital jobs increased by 49% from 27,828 in December 2020 to 41,461 jobs in December 2021. The reduction of digital jobs in 4Q21 compared to 2Q22 was primarily due to the general decrease of total digital jobs published on LinkedIn. Job groups with the highest growth of digital job vacancies since 3Q21 are creative content/design (143.76%) and e-commerce (4.26%),” MDEC said.

MDEC also predicted that in the next five years, data analytics and algorithms are two essential skills that employees need to succeed in the workplace with 80.3% compared to statistical techniques (54.4%), computing (63.3%), research methods (50.6%) data science engineering principles (57.1%) and others (2.2%).