Where the jobs are: Hays releases its quarterly hotspots list

Business Development Managers, Social Media Managers and Chief Financial Officers are in demand as organisations in Malaysia invest selectively in headcount to drive business growth, according to recruiting experts Hays in Malaysia.

The recruiter has released its latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of jobs in demand, and a driving factor is the focus of organisations on making changes and growing their business.
“Employers are looking for people who can help them make informed business decisions,” says Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia and Singapore. “Business development remains a focus, as does maintaining costs where possible.
“Demand is not evident in every function in every location, but there are pockets of specific skill shortages,” he said.
“Employers are replacing departing staff and making selective staff investments in roles that can add immediate value to their business.”
But he warns that employers have high expectations when they recruit. “Employers will only make job offers to the top tier candidates. They are still looking for specific skills and background that matches their industry.”
According to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots list, demand exists for the following skilled professionals in Malaysia:
  • Chief Financial Officers – Due to recent cost reductions and the recognition of the need to grow skills within Malaysia, there is a higher demand for businesses to find candidates locally rather than globally. 
  • Shared Services Senior Level candidates – Many candidates that have worked their way up the SSC value chain feel that to enhance their career they must go back into core finance teams. Due to this there are skills shortages within the senior tier of SSC. This is not to be confused with senior project based candidates within SSC, where a greater number of candidates are available.

  • HR Business Partners – These candidates are always in demand. Candidates with a minimum of 10 years experience and industry knowledge in FMCG or who have had exposure working within a Shared Service environment are sought.

  • Compensation and Benefits - Due to companies becoming more competitive with salaries and benefits there is a strong demand for candidates with this skill set in Malaysia.       
  • IT Support Specialists – There has been significant growth in the global IT shared service industry which has resulted in a shortage of candidates who have experience in SQL, .NET, JAVA, Crystal Report and Cognos.
  • Software Developers – A shortage of Software Developers is evident throughout Malaysia, but particularly in IT consultancies and the banking industry. The main skill shortages in this field are JAVA/J2EE Developers, in ASP.Net, SharePoint candidates and Mobile Application Developers.
  • Engineering Managers – Oil & gas employers need Engineering Managers with experience executing project planning and implementation within the given deadline and budget.

  • Senior Reservoir Engineers - Reservoir Engineers with eight or more years experience are in high demand, particularly local candidates with existing operator experience.  Many Reservoir Engineering professionals have moved abroad in search of a new experience and in some cases a tax free salary. This further depletes the local candidate pool, and consequently the salary expectations of local candidates are very high.
  • Development Geologists - Development Geologists remain in demand as companies look to maximise returns from existing sites. 
  • Drilling Engineers - The increasing demand for Drilling Engineers in other parts of South East Asia has put pressure on what is already a skill short market. A number of new players to Malaysia are also looking to develop and expand their teams in this area.


  • Sales Managers – As Sales and marketing is a high growth area in Malaysia there is a consistent demand for Sales Managers, especially in large organisations where they will be required to manage large sales teams.
  • Social Media Managers – Traditional businesses are realising how important their presence is on social media to both their internal and external stakeholders. As this has only been a skill required in the last few years businesses are constantly looking for candidates who have the experience and knowledge to manage it effectively.
  • Business Development Managers - Candidates who have the ability to not only drive more business from existing clients but to also bring in new business and break into new markets are in high demand in Malaysia.
See the full Hays Quarterly Hotspots list at www.hays.com.my/report
Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
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For further information please contact Lucy Sharp, Regional Marketing Manager of Hays, on +61 2 8226 9885 or lucy.sharp@hays.com.au

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