Over 11,000 Malaysians employed under Hiring Incentive Programme
11,368 workers in Malaysia have found a job through the Hiring Incentive Programme so far, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.
The government introduced the programme worth RM1.5 billion under the National Economic Revival Plan to help workers who have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic find jobs.
From June 15 to August 7, a total of 8,170 employers had registered for the programme, with 3,777 of them employing 11,368 workers – out of which 1,181 are in the construction sector.
“In the construction sector, 560 employers have registered for the programme with 1,181 applicants getting jobs,” Saravanan said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Social Security Organisation (Socso) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) on August 11.
The MOU was to increase training and job placements in the construction sector with Socso bearing the cost of upskilling and reskilling the workers.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof Yusof said that there were 6,564 vacancies in the construction sector of the 126,969 active vacancies on the MyFutureJobs portal.
He added that of the 6,564 vacancies, 3045 or 46.4% were in management, professional, executive and technical categories.