Fewer than 10 percent of Malaysian employees earn below minimum wage
Updated: May 3, 2021
As much as 8.8% of workers in Malaysia are paid a basic salary of at most RM1,200 monthly wage. According to the Employment Insurance System (EIS), an amount of 62.5% of workers, including graduates hired in July to December of 2020 received a range of basic wages from RM1,200 to RM1,499 monthly. The chief statistician of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said that starting salaries for employed graduates in 2020 have dropped as compared to the previous year. New graduates with a degree earned within about RM1,001 to RM1,500 per month while it was between RM2,001 and RM2,500 in 2019. Simultaneously, diploma graduates have made the same amount of monthly income whereas RM5,00 to RM10,000 was earned by PhD and Master’s graduates in 2020.
The Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M Saravanan said that three elements impact the concentration on wage levels, which are stronger demand for non-graduates jobs, location, and cyclical unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He added the salary ranges from RM1,000 to RM2,999 and RM1,000 to RM1,499 has risen 12%, while the wage of RM3,500 to RM3,999 remained stagnant during 2020.
A representative of 45.5% of jobseekers with tertiary education dominated the labor supply in the fourth quarter of 2020 even though about 70% of job openings offered by recruiters were for non-graduate jobs. Saravanan said that those tertiary-educated applicants preferred non-graduate jobs like clerks, sales assistants, admin assistants, and customer service in the meantime while the economy fully recovers, offering more graduate job opportunities.
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