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.
Collated on an annual basis by the Critical Skills Monitoring Committee (CSC), led by TalentCorp and the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (ILMIA) under the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), the COL was developed based on recommended international practices. Its compilation process is based on regular consultations with the World Bank.

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.

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