Change underscores shifting career priorities for workforces in Malaysia
Malaysia, 17 Mar 2024 – The 2024 Hays Asia Salary Guide which surveyed 2,014 skilled professionals and 832 employers from Malaysia revealed that salary packages were no longer the top reason employees chose to stay with a company.
The survey, conducted across six weeks in late 2023, asked employees looking for new opportunities within the next twelve months to list the top three reasons they wanted to leave their current place of employment. The survey found that a desire to seek new challenges had surpassed low salary packages as the main reason across Asia. A similar survey conducted in 2022 identified low salary packages as the primary reason employees were choosing to leave their current jobs.
Additionally, when it came to employees who stayed, flexible work options were unanimously selected as the most important contribution to that decision, rated even above salary considerations. Among committed employees, good work-life balance and experiencing a good fit with managers and colleagues are ranked second and third respectively.
“A healthy working environment, positive values and a sufficiently challenging role will go a long way towards winning the hearts of employees in Malaysia.” said Marc Burrage, Managing Director at Hays Asia. “Leaders need to have these discussions with their workforce, and employees need to examine how they can enhance their value in this period of disruption. Collaboration is the key to survival, and both parties will need to face these challenges with open minds and a willingness to adapt.”
Hays, the global leader in workforce solutions and specialist recruitment released the 2024 Hays Asia Salary Guide which compiles salary and sector overviews based on real data and a survey of skilled professionals across Malaysia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.
For more of the latest recruitment trends and insights, download the 2024 Hays Asia Salary Guide.

For more information contact:
Hays Malaysia Marketing Team
E: marketing@hays.com.my

About Hays Malaysia
Agensi Pekerjaan Hays (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd ("Hays Malaysia") is one of the leading specialist recruitment companies in Malaysia in recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people across a wide range of industries and professions. We provide mid to senior level recruitment services across both finance and commerce industries. We have become known as the experts in sourcing regional and global candidates, as well as returning Malaysians.

Hays has been in Malaysia since 2012 and boasts a track record of success and growth, with two 
operating offices located in KLCC and Sunway. At Hays in Malaysia, we operate across the private and public sector, dealing in permanent positions, and workforce solutions such as recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) in the following specialisms: Accountancy & Finance, Banking & Financial Services, Construction, Engineering, Human Resources, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Marketing & Digital, Procurement, Supply Chain, Sales and Technology. We continue to strengthen our position in Asia with the world-leading ISO 9001:2015 certification in all our operational markets including Malaysia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.
About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is the world’s leading specialist in workforce solutions and recruitment, such as RPO and MSP. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK, Germany and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 31 December 2023, the Group employed over 12,300 staff operating from 249 offices in 33 countries. For the year ended 30 June 2023:

– the Group reported net fees of £1,294.6 million and operating profit of £197.0 million;
– the Group placed around 76,800 candidates into permanent jobs and around 245,000 people into temporary roles;
– 15% of Group net fees were generated in Australia & New Zealand, 30% in Germany, 21% in United Kingdom & Ireland and 34% in Rest of World (RoW);
– the temporary placement business represented 57% of net fees and the permanent placement 
business represented 43% of net fees;
– Technology is the Group’s largest division, with 26% of net fees, while Accountancy & Finance (15%) and Engineering (10%), are the next largest
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, 
Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, 
Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, the UK and the US