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 2017/2018.

The report covers 18 economic sectors:
• Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
• Mining and Quarrying
• Manufacturing
• Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
• Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
• Construction
• Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
• Transportation and Storage
• Accommodation and Food Service Activities
• Information and Communication
• Financial and Insurance/Takaful Activities
• Real Estate Activities
• Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
• Administrative and Support Service Activities
• Education
• Human Health and Social Work Activities
• Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
• Other Service Activities

How the COL is created and utilised
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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