Malaysia : Tong Taik UMNO: Companies Must Now Advertise Vacancies Before Hiring Foreigners

Friday, November 2, 2007

Companies Must Now Advertise Vacancies Before Hiring Foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 (Bernama) -- All companies, including those out-sourcing, must now advertise their vacancies in the Electronic Labour Exchange, administered by the Human Resource Ministry, for two weeks before being allowed to employ foreign workers, its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said Thursday.

He said the move, effective immediately, was made at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting which among others also requested his ministry to carry out a comprehensive study on the need for foreign workers and the sectors that require their services.

"Before we permit outsourcing companies to take in foreign workers, they would have to put on offer the available vacancies on the Electronic Labour Exchange to give local workers the chance to fill up the posts," Dr Fong told reporters after presenting Socso benefits to 30 workers in conjunction with a Deepavali celebration at Menara Perkeso here today.

The Electronic Labour Exchange is an automated online job clearing and matching service provided by the ministry. It gives job seekers the opportunity to find suitable jobs and for employers an avenue through which to find suitable candidates to fill up vacancies in their companies.

Job seekers can also make their job applications through the system and the employers can process these applications without having to make any payments as all services provided are free.

Dr Fong said a directive has been also sent out to officers in the ministry to carry out research on the need for foreign workers.

In the last three months, the ministry, which has been carrying out a study on the country's labour market, had distributed more than one million survey forms to companies to gauge their human resources needs.

"With such a data, we will be able to figure out the required need for foreign workers and this will be presented to the Cabinet," he said, adding that as of now, more than 400,000 of the survey forms have been returned.

He, however, did not disclose the possibility of the plantation sector continuing to be given the permission to take in foreign workers since locals are not keen to work in this sector.

"However, for sectors such as services, manufacturing and construction, we will have to find a way to repair the (employment) process and encourage local workers," Fong added. - Source

2 comments:

Davy

can you please take a look at my Oct 16 comment? thanks

Ottayan

Will it not delay recruiting, thus increasing recruitment costs?

Two weeks is a long time.

But then you can trust the corporate to find a way around it.

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