Malaysia’s dedicated jobs programme has helped 120,000 jobseekers
Malaysia’s dedicated jobs programme, PenjanaKerjaya, has helped over 120,000 job seekers through the national employment services portal MyfutureJobs since it was launched last June, said the Malaysian government.
In particular, over 500,000 vacancies have been posted on the platform, with more than 400,000 job seekers visiting the site every day, said the Social Security Organisation (Sosco).
The platform matches jobseekers to vacancies swiftly and accurately, matching skills, competencies, knowledge, academic qualifications, professional certifications, and location, it added.
PenjanaKerjaya was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin under the National Economic Recovery Plan on June 5, offering financial incentives of between RM600 (US$147) and RM1,000 (US$245) to employers for each staff or apprentice employed for up to six months.
The Malaysian government committed to creating 500,000 new jobs in 2021 at the tabling of the country’s Budget 2021 earlier in November.
Other efforts by the country to boost employment numbers include skills development and retraining programmes, as well as hiring incentives for employers to hire the disabled, long-term unemployed, and retrenched workers, as well as locals over foreign workers.