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Employers are increasingly choosing to hire contract staff and outsource work instead of recruiting permanent employees, according to online job board MyStarJob, reports The Star. Something that MyStarJob believes indicates that employment models have changed.
Serm Teck Choon, head of MyStarJob Network, said: “More companies are hiring contract staff, which saves them money. With more freelancers and small businesses around, companies need not hire permanent staff.”
He added that despite the general downward trend, business development and sales personnel were still in high demand.
Sherri Chuah, managing director of HR resource provider Reditus Management, said that jobs were still available, but because the market was slow that companies were more selective and even willing to hire temporary staff while waiting for the right candidates.
Ms Chuah advised that the year-end recruitment slowdown was usual. “People don’t move because it’s the holidays and bonus time. The supply chain and logistics industries are still okay, but IT and engineering have slowed down.”
Melissa Norman, Managing Director of Kelly Services Malaysia, said: “The current sluggish market conditions and global uncertainties continue to push the job market towards hiring skilled talent, with companies focusing on human capital development and talent retention.”
“Employers are going through great lengths to put the right talents in the right positions and the talents themselves are more than willing to relocate for better jobs,” she concluded.