Top-paying jobs in Malaysia

Skilled professionals are in demand in Malaysia, with some industries being considerably more pronounced than others.

Kamal: Malaysia's job market is robust. Kamal: Malaysia's job market is robust.

According to the 2014 / 2015 Malaysia Salary Guide published by Kelly Services Malaysia, “the skilled talent pool in Malaysia is at 27 percent – far off from the estimated requirement of 45 percent to meet the national agenda of a high income nation by 2020.”

The good news is, with higher demand, comes increased standard of wages. In the past 12 months, there has been a spike in wages, with the banking and finance sector benefitting from the highest spike of 10 to 25 percent in monthly wages, followed by the sales and marketing sector which benefitted from 10 to 20 percent spike, the logistic and warehousing sector with a 10 to 15 percent increase, the engineering sector went up to 10 percent while information technology with five to 10 percent spike in wages.

The Malaysia Salary Guide also lists down a whole number of jobs with an indication of what the average salary range should be, according to placements made by Kelly Services Malaysia.

Here, we’ve compiled the highest-paying positions and industries (per month basis) as listed by Kelly Services Malaysia:

Information Technology (IT)

“IT is the industry with the most shortage and demand currently,” said Kamal Karanth, director of Kelly Services Malaysia.

IT stands as one of the highest-paid industries with programme directors as well as chief technology officers and chief information officers of 12-18 years having an earning capacity between RM22,000 and RM35,000 monthly.

Project directors, sales directors, and service delivery directors in the IT industry of the same experience level stand to earn anywhere between RM16,000 and RM25,000.

View job vacancies in IT here.


Another high-paying industry is engineering, with engineering managers of 8-12 years of experience earning a minimum of RM13,000 and a maximum of RM22,000. Utilities managers, another high-paying position can earn a minimum of RM16,000 and a maximum of RM21,000.

View job vacancies in engineering here.

Sales and Marketing

Coming into close competition with the engineering industry is none other than the universal money-making industry themselves. Heads of sales and marketing and sales directors with over 10 years of experience stand to rake in a minimum of RM12,000 and a maximum of RM25,000, while vice presidents of corporate strategy and planning of just seven to 10 years of experience are paid within the same range.

View job vacancies in sales and marketing here.

Human Resources (HR)

Those in the HR field also stand to make a rather decent living, with HR directors of over 15 years of experience having an earning capacity between RM15,000 to RM30,000. Senior HR managers of seven to 10 years of experience may earn anywhere between RM8,000 and RM18,000, while senior recruitment managers of the same experience can earn anywhere between RM10,000 and RM15,000 per month.

View job vacancies in human resources here.

The full copy of the Salary Guide will be made available online on Kelly Malaysia’s website by 1 Nov 2014. Want to make a switch? Register and browse for job opportunities here


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