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New projects and expansion plans drive demand for manufacturing & operations professionals


Companies’ plans for new projects and expansion of production facilities will lead to a soaring demand for manufacturing and operations professionals in Malaysia, with competition for high-skilled candidates escalating.


According to recruiting experts Hays, engineers, safety specialists, health & environment professionals and production managers will be in high demand as employers shorten recruitment processes to secure their preferred talent.


“There will be a huge number of new positions created in tandem with new projects and expanded production lines”, says Tom Osborne, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia. “Hiring managers are expecting a busy time due to an urgent need in filling vacant positions which will see capable professionals receiving multiple offers in this candidate-short market.”


In its latest Quarterly Reports for October to December 2016, Hays finds that hiring activity will occur from the beginning of October since some employers have replacement roles to fill as a result of recent candidate movement.


“Local candidates are still the first choice for companies looking to strengthen their teams in engineering and operations due to less financial and regulatory implications compared to foreign hires”, says Tom. “In certain areas such as safety and plant hygiene, a shortage of high-skilled candidates will prompt employers to increase hiring budgets to attract professionals who can ensure a smooth running of their projects.”


Hays also says that candidates with leadership experience and project management skills are viewed as prized assets by organisations seeking to fast-track their expansions in the Malaysian market.


“Companies are fully aware of the importance of strong technical skills”, says Tom. “Project managers will be actively sought after in this quarter as new projects and expansion plans arise.”


In terms of candidate trends, Hays finds that some candidates without enough technical skills have realised the stiff competition they face and will make decisions very quickly after receiving job offers.


“In some areas, employers are gaining an upper hand with recruiting high-skilled talent for their generic functions”, says Tom. “We also notice that some candidates are willing to be involved in both green and yellow fields to obtain more experience that will benefit their long-term career prospects.”



To read the full Hays Quarterly Report, including candidate and employer trends and future issues, please visit


Hays is located in Kuala Lumpur at Suite 4 & 5, Level 23, Menara 3, Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Phone +60 3 2786 8600 or email


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About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2016 the Group employed 9,214 staff operating from 252 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2016:


– the Group reported net fees of £810.3 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £181 million;

– the Group placed around 67,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 220,000 people into temporary assignments;

– 22% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 45% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 33% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;

– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;

– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.



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