Top Ten Information Communication Technology (ICT), Software Engineering & Computer Science Jobs in Demand in Malaysia
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Top 10 List of the Best Information Technology (IT), Software Engineering & Computer Science Jobs in Malaysia
- Software Engineering or Computer Programming
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Computer Science
- Data Science or Big Data Analytics
- Cybersecurity or Computer Security
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Network Computing
- Database Administration
- Information Systems
- Intelligent Systems
- Artificial Intelligence (Ai)
*List is in no particular order
Increase in Job Demand in Malaysia for Information Technology (IT), Software Engineering & Computer Science Professionals
According to the Robert Walters Salary Report 2018, the Information and Technology sector is also expected to grow the fastest next year in a candidate-driven market with salary increments ranging between 20 to 30 per cent. Robert Walters, a specialist professional recruitment consultancy company shares that they see a high demand in IT jobs spanning across the fintech, banking, as well as the healthcare sector such as data analysts, software engineers and cyber security. Hiring activity will remain active in 2018, driven mostly by continuous growth of e-commerce, digitalisation, fintech, shared services and better organisational optimisation.
The IT sector saw a spike in demand for software developers skilled in programming languages in 2017 as organisations looked to fill hybrid positions with top candidates who were adept in more than one coding language. This trend is set to continue as we see more need such as in the implementation of the Digital Free Trade Zone and businesses moving towards digitalisation. Candidates with high potential or niche skills are also expected to enjoy increments of between 25 per cent to 30 per cent when they move jobs, although a raise of 15-20 per cent is common business practice.
The information technology (IT) industry is expected to face a shortage of between 7,000 and 15,000 professionals in the next two years, as Malaysia rides the wave of the growing digital economy. Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) CEO Datuk Yasmin Mahmood said currently there are more than 3,000 companies registered under the Multimedia Super Corridor and the industry is currently in need of specialised workers in various IT fields.
“We project that by 2025, the IT industry will require one million specialised working professionals as the industry is experiencing a rampant growth,” she said.
To keep up with the growth, many companies have to resort to foreign talents that are capable of moving in tandem with the current trend and needs in the IT industry. Malaysian Employers Federation ED Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said many IT companies are forced to seek foreign expertise, especially for the high-end sectors such as the big data analytics and artificial intelligence.
“The country still could not fulfil the requirement set by IT companies, especially when everyone is moving towards the Industry 4.0 and adopting technology such as big data analytics.
MORE experts are needed to fill up the positions in the data-driven industry, backed by the growing demand from local companies, said Malaysia Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd (MDEC).
MDEC head of strategic partnership Somasundaram Nagappan said there are currently 6,000 working professionals in big data analytics sector through MDEC’s programmes. Malaysia Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd (MDEC) targets to have 20,000 data science professionals by 2020.
The emergence of technology and automation under the fourth industrial wave (Industry 4.0) has raised fears that some people might lose their jobs in Malaysia, especially in the manufacturing sector. There have been various reports stating how companies need to adopt the big data movement to remain relevant, or risk losing out in the evolving market. Directly, more companies have begun to engage and hire data professionals to tap into the big data potential, creating a big pool of demand for local data science fresh graduates.
A report from the recent Digital Workforce of The Future by LinkedIn, which revealed that a combination of skills encompassing Big Data, data analytics and web development registered a 21% growth in demand. In Malaysia, the top five in-demand digital skills are big data, software and user testing, mobile development, Cloud computing and software engineering management.
Increase in Salary for Information Technology (IT), Software Engineering & Computer Science Professionals in Malaysia
According to the recent Robert Walters Global Salary Survey 2017, the broad sectors which may offer the highest salary packages in Malaysia are information technology, financial services and shared services. The technology sector in Malaysia is set to see the highest demand in terms of jobs and salary hikes.
Since 2013, the technology sector has seen salary hikes and this trend is expected to continue over the next couple of years. Meanwhile, Robert Walters Malaysia managing director Sally Raj says software developers and cyber security experts can expect significant salary raises of up to 25% when moving jobs in 2017, as cyber security professionals will be highly sought after across a number of industries, especially in the banking sector.
Commenting on the technology sector, Raj says the technology sector, especially for niche positions, may see at least a 30% salary rise this year compared with 27% last year. For example, in senior positions, a chief technology officer can expect an annual salary of between RM360,000 and RM600,000 this year from RM350,000 and RM540,000 in 2016.
A program manager may bring in an annual salary of between RM240,000 and RM360,000 from RM216,000 and RM336,000 last year. A solution architect, however, could see an annual salary hike of up to RM180,000-RM324,000 from RM120,000-RM192,000.
Hays regional director for Malaysia Tom Osborne concurs that the technology sector will likely see the highest jump in salary this year. “The key sectors in Malaysia that will see pay hikes include information technology. Areas in IT where growth will occur include IT infrastructure systems administration and management positions.
For instance, a network engineer in the systems administration side could rake in an annual salary of between RM96,000 and RM144,000 this year compared to between RM72,000 and RM120,000 last year.
According to the JobStreet.com 2017 Salary Report, IT/computer consulting jobs (IT, science, engineering and technical) for senior managers in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya command the highest average maximum monthly salary of around RM18,000.
Meanwhile, IT/computer workers in consumer and fast-moving consumer goods industries earn the highest average minimum salary of RM14,000 within the same region.
“Organisations in Malaysia are reinventing themselves for the digital world that has seen many invest in upgrading their IT infrastructure. This has created demand for talent who are well versed in this area and as a consequence, wages have increased.
“Technology is going to be at the forefront over the next few years, as businesses like financial services (banking and insurance), fast-moving consumer goods companies and retailers gear up to adopt technology. Furthermore, organisations are now utilising digital channels to grow their businesses.”
With the advent of financial technology (fintech), Raj foresees further growth in technology usage in the financial services sector, partly thanks to the recent regulatory “sandbox” framework for fintech. The sandbox refers to a safe space where businesses can test innovative products, services, business models and delivery mechanisms.
As digital, mobile and e-commerce-related companies expand their businesses, she says there will be an increase in the number of employers recruiting mobile engineers and software developers in 2017.
According to Human Resources Online, prospects are bright as employers are driven by Malaysia’s blend of price point and quality. There is an uptake in the creation of centres of excellence, resulting in increased demand for specialist talent further up the value chain.
Malaysia is currently less competitive on cost point alone compared to other typical offshore centres, such as Chennai and Manila. However, if you factor in the quality, seniority and specialist nature of IT professional that can be hired here, Malaysia is now moving towards being a cost-effective alternative to Singapore and Hong Kong, a move away from the typical offshore BPO model.
Moving into Q1 2017, significant growth is expected across the following sectors:
- Infrastructure services such as networks, platforms and specialist areas such as cloud and virtualisation; Salaries of IT directors with more than 10 years of experience pegged at RM250k-360k per annum;
- ERP, EAI and other specialist off-the-peg solutions from large vendors such as SAP, Oracle and Salesforce;
- Solutions architect for application development can take home in the range of RM180k-250k per month.
- Business transformation, an increasingly dominant area of IT, leading to demand for professionals in project management, program management, PMO and change management.
PIKOM ICT Industry Outlook in Malaysia 2019
The average salary growth rate in the information and communications technology (ICT) is expected to moderate further to 3.8 per cent in 2019 in line with the lukewarm expansion of the industry in the last few years, said the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom).
“The overall average monthly salary in 2018 only four per cent higher than the previous year and significantly below the average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 6.7 per cent over the nine-year period of 2009-2018.
The source for the figures is from the Department of Statistics of Malaysia.
- From 2010 to 2017, the ICT industry’s contribution to the GDP has grown from RM105.7 billion to RM178.2 billion, which is averaging 10.2% per annum.
- In 2017, the share of the ICT industry to GDP was 13.2% which translates to RM178.2 billion.
- The share of e-commerce of non-ICT industry to GDP was at 5.1% which is about RM68.9 billion.
- Overall, in 2017 the ICT industry contributed RM247.1 billion or 18.3% to the Malaysian economy.
- Woon pointed out that between 2016 and 2017 there was only a 0.1% increase in the share of the ICT industry to the economy. “Our industry is not growing as fast as our economy,” noted Woon.
Average Monthly Salary in the ICT Industry
In terms of salaries, the ICT industry pays well for talent even at the entry level. Based on figures taken from Jobstreet and from PIKOM’s own estimate, in the last 10 years of comparison, the ICT industry pay scale for five positions (entry level, junior level, senior executive, manager and senior manager), have shown a positive sign of growth.
Taking the entry level as an example, in 2009 it was averaging at RM1,971 and in nine years period (in 2018), it has risen to an average of RM3,079 (for Jan – Sept) period).
Study at the Best Universities in Malaysia for Information Technology (ICT), Software Engineering, Computer Science and Computing
In order to succeed in the competitive field of Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science and Computing, students must choose the best universities in Malaysia to study. The best university doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive. Students should choose the right university that fits them which has a good reputation for information technology (IT) programmes, excellent facilities, awards & achievements, top lecturers and an English-speaking student environment.
Students can consider studying the Software Engineering and Information Technology (IT) degree at Asia Pacific University where they offer various specialisations in Network Computing, Software Engineering, cybersecurity, data science, Internet of Things (IoT) and others for students to choose from. Students at APU will get a degree awarded by APU as well as De Montfort University, UK.
If you have your heart set on a career in Information Technology and Computer Science, Multimedia University (MMU) in Malaysia is the university for you. Listed in the Top 300 QS World University Rankings in Computer Science and Information Systems 2017, MMU offers award-winning, practical and industry-ready degrees that will allow you to make a real and lasting impact as an ICT specialist.
Multimedia University (MMU) is ranked 179th in Asia according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018. Having won hundreds of awards, Multimedia University (MMU) offers the best courses in Computer Science and Information Technology in Malaysia. 97% of Multimedia University (MMU) students are employed within six months of graduation.