Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List

The Critical Occupations List (COL) for Malaysia aims to be the primary instrument to promote better coordination of human capital policies aimed at attracting, nurturing and retaining talent.

An evidence-based list of occupations in Malaysia that reflects the most sought-after and hard-to-fill occupations by industry, the COL report identifies skills imbalances across key sectors of the Malaysian economy for the year 2016/2017.

The report covers ten key economic sectors: Electrical & Electronics (includes Machinery /Equipment and Advanced Engineering), Oil & Gas, Information and Communication Technology & Global Business Services (ICT & GBS), Telecommunications & Multimedia, Financial Services, Accounting, Education, Aerospace, Medical Devices, and Petrochemicals.

With its information, data and empirical evidence on skills gaps, the report serves as a foundation for companies, learning institutions and government wishing to implement better strategies aimed at attracting, retaining and upskilling skilled talent.
Read the full report here to find out more about COL. To download the COL 2016/2017 list, please click here.

To view the COL 2015/2016 list, please click here.

If you have any queries or feedback on the COL, please contact our Research team at 03-78397132 / 7180 or email us at