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IT jobs outlook: high demand and healthy forward vacancy activity


Constantly evolving technologies, the explosion of big data and mobile apps, and the expansion of the global IT industry are three reasons why a career in IT is a good choice. According to recruiting experts Hays, these factors lead to consistently high demand for experienced and skilled IT experts in Malaysia.

The latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand shows that employers are recruiting a range of IT skills from developers to IT security experts and business analysts.

“There’s no doubt that IT experts are in high demand and companies have shown no indication that they will ease up their recruitment activity in this business critical area,” says Tom Osborne, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia.

“Demand exists across the board for a wide range of skills. IT is a varied and exciting industry with a huge array of specialist areas. The demand for candidates is just as diverse,” he says.

According to Hays, one area of demand is for database administrators. As Tom explains, “These candidates are needed to ensure high service availability and robust databases that will support the business. An increasing need for large data storage solutions in Malaysia is also driving up demand for database administrators.

“Developers are another area of demand,” he says. “Software developers are in increasing demand to keep pace with evolving technologies and the creation of new coding languages. Mobile developers are also in greater demand to work in software development companies and create easy to use applications for mobile technology, namely Android and iOS. Employers are interested in candidates with the usual front-end skills such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML and PHP but have recently become more interested in those with mobile technology experience.”

Tom also says that IT security is a growing focus in most organisations. “Employers are also looking for IT security analysts and IT security engineers to mitigate technology risks within the financial sectors. Employers want to hire candidates who have the technical skills in penetration testing, risk assessment and vulnerabilities assessment within the IT security spectrum. While more roles are being created, many candidates are operationally rather than technically strong, creating a shortage of the right candidates.

“IT auditors are also needed to help employers comply with central bank policies. Candidates not only need an operational background in audit but they must have systems experience. Companies prefer local candidates because they understand local systems.”

On the business side there’s also demand for skills. As Tom explains, “We’re seeing huge demand from consulting companies for business analysts, project managers, delivery managers, change managers and business process and transformation specialists. Most employers expect these professionals to have strong technical expertise and business acumen. They need to be able to translate business plans into technical requirements by liaising with clients, business users, production teams and vendors.”

In a final area of demand, Tom says that demand for product managers for big data and mobile apps is booming in Malaysia and across the region. “This is still a relatively new area and most Malaysian candidates lack an iOS and Android development background.”

To see the full list of skills in demand and trends for your industry, 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

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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For further information please contact Kerryn Celine, Senior Marketing Executive - South East Asia at Hays, on +61 2 8226 9844 or



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