HR professionals sought as multinationals set up operations in Malaysia



Human resources professionals are in high demand in Malaysia as a growing number of international companies establish operations here and create jobs, says recruiting experts Hays in Malaysia.


According to Hays, Malaysia is seen as a good environment in which to set up a regional office for the South East Asia region. This is creating jobs and demand for HR professionals in many areas.


Topping the list of HR skills in demand are strategic HR Business Partners, who have niche skills.


 “Employers are looking for strategic HR Business Partners with vision who can balance human resource programs with business priorities,” says Lisa Stanhope, Regional Director of Hays in Malaysia.


“Human Resources Managers that have experience in both handling workforces in different countries and regional and matrix reporting are also in high demand,” says the recruiter. “These candidates are required to help transform organisations into employers of choice.


“This kind of change management has also fuelled the need to recruit Organisational Development Managers. Talent Managers are also needed to identify the right talent at the right time for their succession pipelines.”


The recruiter says that an increasing number of  multinational companies see Malaysia as a location where they can establish manufacturing plants, since the costs involved are relatively low compared to other countries.  This too is naturally creating HR jobs.


“In manufacturing HR Managers who are strong in industrial relations, Malaysia employment law and have experience in negotiating collective agreements with large  workforces are highly sought after,” says Lisa.


For more insight on the areas of staffing demand, please see our Hays Quarterly Report.


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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