Online job vacancies drop 5.9% in Q3 2022

PUTRAJAYA – Job vacancies advertised online in the country registered a slight decrease of 5.9 per cent in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 to record 190,170 vacancies compared with 202,102 posted in the previous quarter (Q2 2022).

Chief Statistician, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, said that meanwhile, job openings also recorded a decline in year-on-year growth of 1.2 per cent.

In a statement in conjunction with the release of Big Data Analytics Job Market Insights: Job Vacancies Advertised Online in Malaysia for the third quarter of 2022 released today, he said that for job vacancies advertised online by occupation category, professionals comprised the largest share with 46.1 per cent or 87,587 vacancies.

“This was followed by 18.1 per cent (34,434) in the category of technicians and associate professionals while managers accounted for 12.8 per cent (24,417),” he said.

In terms of vacancies by overall economic sector, the majority of job vacancies advertised online were concentrated in the services sector, comprising 67.6 per cent or 128,575 vacancies.

He added that further analysis by economic activity showed the wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles activities made up the largest composition of job vacancies advertised online, at 23.7 per cent (45,150), followed by manufacturing activities (21.5 per cent or 40,903); professional, scientific and technical activities (21,150) and accommodation and food service activities (13,161).

Commenting on the job vacancies advertised according to states, he said all states posted a decline in vacancies during the reference period except Labuan.

However, Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest number of job vacancies with 79,183 openings, followed by Selangor (27,424), Johor (14,815) and Penang (6,340).

He also noted that there were several circumstances that may influence the hiring activities, among others, employers were still selective in hiring new employees to fill up the critical occupations.

It may also be challenging to find qualified employees with tight budgets that businesses are facing particularly during the increase of inflation in the economy, he concluded. – Bernama / pic Muhd Amin Naharul