in 2 Malaysian employees overqualified for their jobs
Some findings from global Randstad survey
KUALA LUMPUR |
More than half (54%) of employees in Malaysia believe they are
overqualified for their current roles, according to the Randstad
Workmonitor Report for Q3 2012 released today. The findings were
revealed as part of a global survey of 14,780 employees from 32
figure is among the highest of Asia Pacific survey respondents.
Respondents from other countries in the region, including Australia
(46%), Japan (44%), Singapore (43%) and New Zealand (40%), did
not believe there was as much of a mismatch between their education
and job as Malaysian respondents.
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of Randstad Malaysia, Ms Jasmin Kaur said this is a clear signal
from employees who believe their skills are underutilised in the
is a worrying finding as people who feel they are overqualified
are less likely to be motivated in their roles. They are also
more likely to move jobs – either within the country or
to overseas opportunities. In the latter case, this could have
a flow on effect in intensifying Malaysia’s brain drain,”
Ms Kaur said.
survey of 405 employees in Malaysia also found that 64% of respondents
believe there will be a shortage of highly qualified staff within
the next three years, and almost half (40%) believe their current
employer is not investing sufficiently in additional career training
Kaur continued, “Internal mobility needs to be a priority
for Malaysian business leaders. Career development opportunities
are proven to help retain and motivate staff. It could be a case
of offering employee rotation programmes to provide staff with
opportunities to learn new areas of the business, or general training
for employees to upskill their current skills.
is important to maintain a healthy and productive work environment
to keep people challenged and motivated. Those employers who don’t,
run the risk of having high employee turnover with a diminishing
external talent pool to draw upon,” she said.
survey also found:
Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and
now covers 32 countries around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific,
Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published
four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility
regularly visible over time.
Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and
captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers
within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding
of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring
mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and
personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key
trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter.
quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among
a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week
in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is
400 interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International.
Research for the third wave in 2012 was conducted from 17 July
to 15 August, 2012.