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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Unemployment, low salaries are temporary, MEF tells fresh grads


The issue of unemployment and low starting salary among fresh graduates is temporary, said the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

Its president Syed Hussain Syed Husman echoed a statement by Human Resources Minister M Saravanan that the undesirable situation caused by the current challenging economic climate arising from Covid-19 would soon be under control.

He said once the economy begins to recover and stabilise, the starting wage levels would return to competitive market rates and graduates could then expect higher wages based on their performance and productivity.

“We advise graduates not to be too concerned by the current low starting pay as employers value employees with good performance and higher productivity. Once the employee begins to contribute and perform, they would be rewarded accordingly,” he said in a statement.

He added that work experience would make the graduates more marketable and employable.

According to him, the Human Resources Ministry, through its various agencies including the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and the Social Security Organisation (Socso) have come up with many programmes to equip unemployed graduates with relevant skills.

“These programmes such as E-Latih are designed to encourage employment and are really effective as industries are also involved,” he added.


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