Fully vaccinated foreign workers may return to Malaysia

MALAYSIA: Following the freeze on hiring foreign workers in June 2020, the government is cautiously reopening doors to migrants to address a labour shortage.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government is allowing foreign workers, starting from the plantation sector, to come back provided they must be fully vaccinated, have a negative COVID-19 test three days before arrival, and undergo a seven-day quarantine.

He added that the government is still sorting out other quotas for migrant workers from different industries and their entry dates. The first batch of 32,000 foreign workers is expected to arrive soon.

Meanwhile, businesses from the professional sectors, especially from the essential services industries such as banking/financial services, manufacturing, outsourcing, and software development, are continuously hiring based on the survey of talent solutions provider Aisling Group and leadership development firm, Leaderonomics.

It revealed that more than 95% of the survey participants hired new staff in 2020; 50% of them hired 25 or more new employees in 2021. About 27% of the respondents said the pandemic had not impacted talent acquisition and retention. Most organisations (83.33%) continued the recruitment process through online interviews using virtual platforms to meet operational challenges during the lockdowns. Only 10.7% of them said they halted hiring.

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