Salaries for ICT professionals in Malaysia are expected to rise, but at a slower-than-expected rate, according to the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom).
The salaries of ICT professionals in Malaysia, including for fresh grads, is set to grow, but there is a growing disparity between the salaries of lower- and higher-ranked staff.
While in Malaysia’s ICT industry lag others in South-East Asia, the industry still has some of the top 10 best-paying jobs in the country.
According to a recent survey by online recruitment company JobStreet.com, 55% of Malaysians in white-collar positions said if given the opportunity, they would say yes to working overseas. A similar JobStreet.com survey conducted on Singaporean white-collar workers showed 88% were open to overseas work opportunities.
A group of Malaysian ecosystem players has rolled out Launchpad, an ‘internship aggregator’ that aims to provide students and fresh graduates with access to information on the best internships offered by the startup sector in Asia.
Cisco said it would deliver a new portfolio for its Cisco Networking Academy programme to address a critical shortfall of skills in key new areas, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial networking.
Pikom’s new chairman Cheah Kok Hoong outlines the challenges for 2014 and what the association will be doing next year.
The spotlight has been cast on persisting gaps within the ICT workforce with only eight more years left till 2020, the deadline for achieving the status of a developed nation. However, the rapid evolution of the IT environment and industry has made it necessary to adapt current initiatives with the needs of a new reality.
The National ICT association Pikom has urged the Government to retain English as the medium of instruction for Mathematics and Science subjects at all levels in a bid to address the critical shortage of ICT graduates who meet industry demand.
The ICT sector in Malaysia faces several challenges that will likely impair its ability to compete effectively in an increasingly globalized world and perhaps even threaten the nation’s economic transformation. These challenges include the lack of a resource pool due to a shrinking enrolment in ICT courses, the general declining technical quality of such graduates, the lack of communication and critical thinking skills amongst these students, and the irrelevance of some courses being taught at local universities, say industry pundits.