Online hiring activity in Malaysia recorded a seven per cent growth in September 2017 over the same month last year, with the oil and gas (O&G) sector emerging as the best-performing sector, according to the latest Monster Employment Index. The index, a gauge of online job posting activities, is compiled monthly by Monster.com. In a statement today, Monster.com said, the O&G sector recorded 37 per cent year-on-year growth in online hiring, followed by the information technology, telecommunications/Internet services provider and business process outsourcing/Internet-enabled services, which recorded 34 per cent growth.

Monster.com APAC and Middle East Managing Director, Sanjay Modi, said the steady shift from an established manufacturing base to digital technology and advanced skills boosted Malaysia’s job market with new opportunities. “This is good news. However, to remain relevant and employable, talent at all levels must continue to upskill to meet the dynamic needs of the workforce,” he said.

September 2017 Index Highlights:
• Online recruitment activity in Malaysia jumped up 7% between September 2016 and 2017, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI)
• The Oil and Gas sector reported the highest growth in online hiring activity at 37% year-on-year
• The Retail sector saw the steepest decline at -22%year-on-year
• Demands for Software, Hardware, Telecom professionals reported the highest annual growth in hiring at 62% year-on-year, while Customer Service talent were the least in demand at -50% year-on-year