Salary Guide for Fresh Graduates in Malaysia 2018

Jobstreet Malaysia Salary Report Job Outlook 2018 Reports Improved Fresh Graduates Standards in Malaysia

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When choosing the right course to study in Malaysia, one of the criteria that students should look at is the job demand. If you don’t plan carefully, you may end up studying a course that has no job demand after you graduate. This would be an incredible waste of your time and money.

EduSpiral Consultant Services is a professional university placement centre in Malaysia advising students on how to choose the right course and private university to study. We do our research and try our best to help students to choose the best course to study in Malaysia that fits them and that has a good job demand in Malaysia with a high salary.

We have found the report by to be useful for students to read through to give them an insight into the job market and average salary in Malaysia.

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So what’s a realistic number? Based on JobStreet Malaysia’s 2017 Salary Report, salaries for entry level positions can start as low as RM800 to as high as RM5,533. On average, however, fresh graduates can expect a starting salary between RM1,800 to RM2,600.

But not all jobs are created equal. JobStreet’s Salary Report indicates that certain job functions demand higher basic salaries than others.

In its Fresh Graduate Report 2018,’s latest survey revealed an overall improvement in employers’ perception towards the standards of fresh graduates in 2018 an increase of 4% from 2017.

Employers’ opinion of fresh graduates has improved since last year, with an increase in bosses rating fresh graduates as good and a drop in negative perception, according to online employment company JobStreet Malaysia. The survey also showed that 79% of employers perceived fresh graduates as average – a 4% increase from 75% in 2017 – and 13% of employers perceived fresh graduates as bad – a decrease of 8% from 21% last year.

When asked about the standards of fresh graduates in the job marketplace:

  • 8% of employers perceived fresh graduates as good (an increase of 4% from 2017)
  • 79% of employers perceived fresh graduates as average (an increase of 4% from 2017)
  • 13% of employers perceived fresh graduates as bad (a decrease of 8% from 2017)

The survey also revealed a long-standing gap between fresh graduates’ asking salaries and salaries that employers were willing to offer. According to the Fresh Graduate Salary Survey 2018, 32% of fresh graduates had asked for a starting salary of RM3,000 and above, but only 9% of employers were willing to make offers to meet those demands. However, this is an improvement from a survey conducted by JobStreet last August, which showed that only 2% of employers are willing to pay fresh graduates a starting salary of RM3,000.

The employers surveyed by JobStreet in its 2018 report said their top five reasons for not employing fresh graduates were graduates’ unrealistic expectations for salary/benefits; graduates being choosy about the job or company; poor character, attitude or personality; poor command of English; and poor communication skills.

These findings were shared by Chook Yuh Yng, Country Manager of Malaysia, in conjunction the launch of the Graduate Employability Program between Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Choosing a course to study in Malaysia is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Furthermore, your decision will be influenced by many criteria such as the job outlook for the course, potential salary, accreditation of its courses, the suitability of the course against your academic results and career goals, tuition fees, quality of lecturers, facilities, friends & family, and more.

In addition, choosing a course in Malaysia to study after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, Pre-U, A-Levels or STPM takes time, it is a process in finding out which course that best fits you.  With so many things to consider, it may be confusing, therefore students should choose the best course in Malaysia with insider tips from knowledgeable & experienced counselors at EduSpiral Consultant Services.

Download the following materials:

Fact Sheet: Fresh Graduate Report 2018 at Salary Report 2018 at

About Universiti Sains Malaysia

Established as the second university in Malaysia in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is the country’s premier research university that strives to enhance and strengthen its educational programmes and has taken various initiatives to complement its educational excellence. With its research and teaching facilities, experience, and a multi-disciplinary team of experts from among its staff members, USM has been granted the APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) status in 2008. As an APEX university, USM spearheaded numerous academic, research and innovation excellence in the country, where top researchers and scholars reside.

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SEEK Asia is the extension of the Australian Securities Exchange-listed company called SEEK. The company’s purpose is to help improve people’s lives through a better career. SEEK Asia’s database consists of over 500,000 corporate employers and over 24 million candidates.

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Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university
Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Choosing your course & career is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your life. When making this decision, students need to take time to research the right information and also talk to knowledgeable & experienced counselors.

Students in Malaysia need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors in Malaysia to help you. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor in Malaysia would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation
EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. Students must make their decisions based on facts & evidence. Do not simply just listen to the counselor or relative to make your decision without first checking if the information given is true or not.

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression.

EduSpiral gets to know who you are so we can advise you how to choose the best course that fits you

Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university. There are many Pre-University or Diploma programmes that you can go for after SPM so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.

I have written another article on the Top 10 Best Courses to study in Malaysia that you can read more about. You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision. I have students telling me that they have taken personality tests but were not accurate. We must remember that these tests are not 100% accurate and needs to be used together with a counselor.

Choosing the right university can be confusing and depends on a lot of factors like your budget, results, passion, skills and career goals.

  • We review the student’s high school profile, all high school transcripts, projected courses, extracurricular activities, awards, hobbies, interests and outstanding talents.
  • Then we discuss the factors that are most important to the student in identifying appropriate colleges & universities that would fit you
  • We assist to develop priorities for college selection, including courses of study, location, size, extracurricular opportunities, and many other factors
  • Ensure that the student’s interests and achievements are carefully matched with appropriate colleges and universities in Malaysia

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