The construction sector in Malaysia has proven itself to be the fastest-growing and most successful economic sector in recent years, putting up a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11% over a five-year period. The Malaysian construction industry is showing a promising growth trajectory that is expected to continue in the near future, resulting in tremendous job opportunities for workers in the various construction trades, both commercial and residential. If you are looking for an opportunity to take your professional growth in a new direction, you may consider expanding your horizon to include construction work in Malaysia.
Name Your Trade
With opportunities in residential and commercial construction, both sectors appearing to maintain steady growth of 10% or greater, there is bound to be steady work in virtually any construction trade. In addition to steady residential and commercial growth, the headline-grabbing expansion of Malaysia’s transportation and oil and gas infrastructure sectors is bringing additional new job opportunities to the table. Due to a shortage of local skilled construction workers, Malaysia’s construction industry is looking to a continuous supply of foreign workers to satisfy the labour requirements of many of its infrastructure and building projects. Construction job opportunities range from any of the skilled construction trades to the many construction infrastructure specialties such as finance and accounting, engineering, project management, quality control and safety, administrative services, and many others. Additional opportunities exist in construction management, both at the project levels and the executive levels, as well as sales, marketing, and sales management, and there are a number of ways to learn more about construction jobs in Malaysia.
Finding the Work
Most of the larger employers in Malaysia recruit their labour force by listing job opportunities online and by offering an online application process to candidates who feel they are qualified for a particular position. The smaller employers are more likely to require that you submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume and a covering letter in order to be considered for a position. Finding these opportunities is merely a matter of knowing what your interests, skills, and qualifications are and conducting online search queries. You will need to be capable of writing a CV and covering letter, following a format not unlike those in the UK, that adequately represents your personal details, education, professional qualifications and experience, and your language and computer skills. You should present all of your details chronologically in reverse order starting with your most recent information, and you should do so using no more than two pages.
What You Need to Know
The working hours typically include a 48-hour work week consisting of no more than six days of work, eight hours per day. Holiday time and paid leave will vary by the employer and your time with the company, including seven to 14 days of annual leave and 11 public holidays per year. Taxes are assessed for more than 182 days of working residency in Malaysia and rates vary from 1% to 28% depending on your level of pay. You will also need a work permit and an employer who is willing to sponsor you and apply for the permit on your behalf.