Computing, Software Engineering or IT graduates’ salary in Malaysia

Salary of Computing, Information Technology, Computer Science or Software Engineering Graduates in Malaysia

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The salary that one gets from the career is one of the important factors in

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

choosing our course. We do not want to choose a course and then only find out that it does not pay well after investing so much in the degree. I know of a college that charges RM50,000 for a diploma in automotive technology where graduates will come out and work as mechanics earning only about RM1500 on average a month!

To me, it does not make sense to pay so much just to become a mechanic earning that  amount. Therefore, students should choose their courses and universities wisely based on facts and evidence. The IT field is a great place to work and according to statistics, the pay is pretty good in Malaysia and the prospects are increasing.

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ICT constitutes 10.5% of GDP in Malaysia, and the goal is to boost it to 17% by 2020.

Datuk Ghazali, chief executive of the government’s Multimedia

Development Corporation, points out, salaries in technology industries are 90% higher than the average. This offers a chance to retain Malaysians who might otherwise leave for higher-paid jobs in neighbouring countries.

According to Pikom’s (Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia)  ICT Job Market Outlook report released in 2012, the average salary of ICT professionals in Malaysia rose 10.9% from RM5,626 in 2010 to RM6,240 in 2011.

Pikom-job_market-2012-salary

Given the prospective outlook for the economy and other positive factors within the

ICT industry, PIKOM anticipates a 9.0% rise in the average salary of ICT 8a699-pikom-june-2013-2professionals in 2012, which would average out to RM6,800 per month.

Meanwhile, the Pikom ICT Job Market outlook also revealed the following interesting observations:

  • The average salary of new entrants to ICT job market after graduation has gone up by 24% to RM2,238, from RM1,800;
  • Of the 25 industries surveyed, the results showed that oil and gas positions dominated the list, with an average monthly salary of RM8,020 followed by The telecommunication sector, which netted RM6,848, 15% lower;
  • The average monthly remuneration earned by ICT software professionals having less than five years working experience was RM3,600 in comparison to only RM3,025 for ICT hardware professionals and RM3,225 by ICT call center professionals;
  • Software development applications professionals experienced on an average a
    UCSI University located in Taman Connaught, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

    UCSI University located in Taman Connaught, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur offers excellent facilities for their computing courses

    19.3% rise in monthly salary from RM6,960 in 2010 to RM8,310 in 2011. Similarly, ICT professionals in enterprise resource planning (ERP)/business applications received a 14.5% increment from RM7,550 in 2010 to RM8,650 in 2011;

  • Big corporations and multinationals having employment size more than 1,000 on an average paid monthly salary of RM7,052 , which was 36.4% more than companies with fewer than 100 people, where the amount was only RM5,169; and
  • Geographically, ICT employees in Klang Valley netted 9% more than their counterparts in Johor; in comparison to Penang region the scale differed only marginally by 1.7%.

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According to the report done by Kelly Services on the Employment Outlook and Salary Guide 2012/2013, it lists the salaries earned by Malaysians in the IT field.

  1. Chief Technical Officers/Chief Information Officers with 12-18 yrs
    Jeannie Khoo, Marketing Director of Kelly Services Malaysia giving her presentation on employment outlook and salary for 2012/2013 during a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur

    Jeannie Khoo, Marketing Director of Kelly Services Malaysia giving her presentation on employment outlook and salary for 2012/2013 during a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur

    experience earns between RM18,000 – RM30,000 a month

  2. Project Directors with 12-18 yrs experience earns between RM12,000-RM25,000
  3. Service Delivery Directors with 12-18 yrs experience earns between RM12,000 -RM25,000
  4. Sales Directors with 12-18 yrs can earn between RM10,000- RM25,000
  5. Software Development Managers with a degree and 8-12 yrs can earn between RM9000 – RM15,000
  6. Lead Software Developer with a degree and 6-8 yrs experience providing guidance and expertise to team of Software Developers in designing programming solutions can earn between RM8500-RM12,000
  7. Solutions Architect (Senior) or Implementation & Technical Support Manager with 6-8 years experience earns between RM8000-RM12,000
  8. Unix Specialist with 6-8 yrs earns between RM6500-RM12,000

    Haw Jeh completed his Foundation course at APU and is now a first year software engineering student at APU or formerly UCTI.

    Haw Jeh completed his Foundation course at APU and is now a first year software engineering student at APU or formerly UCTI.

  9. Information Security Manager with 6-8 yrs experience gets RM8000-RM12,000
  10. Project Manager with 3-5 yrs experience can get between RM6500-RM10,000
  11. Software Sales Manager 4-6 yrs experience earns between RM6000-RM9000
  12. Business Consultant with 5-7 yrs experience earns between RM6000-RM9000
  13. Wintel Specialist with 4-8 yrs experience earns between RM5500-RM8500
  14. Senior Systems Engineer with 5 yrs experience earns between RM5500-RM8000
  15. IT Manager or SAP Consultants with 4-6 yrs experience earns between RM5500-RM8000
  16. Service Delivery Manager with 5-8 yrs experience can earn between RM5500- RM8000
  17. Systems Analyst with 3-5 yrs experience earns between RM5500-RM7000
  18. Problem & Change Management Specialist or ETL Developers with  3-5 yrs earns between RM5000- RM8000
  19. IT Marketing Manager with 4-6 yrs earns between RM4600-RM8000

    Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

    Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

  20. Security Analyst with 3-5 yrs experience earns between RM4500-RM8000
  21. Business Development Manager or BI Consultant or Websphere Application Developer with  3-5 yrs earns between RM5000-RM7500
  22. Solutions Architect (Junior) with 3-5 yrs experience can earn between RM5000-RM7000
  23. Inside Sales Manager with 4-5 yrs experience earns between RM5000-RM7000
  24. IT Supply Chain Manager with 3-5 yrs earns between RM4500-RM7500
  25. Account Manager with 3-5 yrs experience can earn between RM4500-RM5500
  26. Technical Writer with 3-5 yrs earns between RM4000-RM5500
  27. Database Administrator with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3800-RM5000
  28. Quality Assurance Specialist or Systems Programmer with 3-5 yrs experience earns between RM3800-RM 7000
  29. Billing Systems Engineer with 3-5 yrs experience earns between RM3800-RM5000
  30. Technical Consultant with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5000
  31. Pre-sales Engineer with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5200
  32. Systems Engineer with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5000

    Northumbria University Computer lab

    Northumbria University Computer lab

  33. Unix / Linux OS Engineer with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5000
  34. Java Developer with 1-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5000
  35. IT Procurement Specialist or Systems Programmer with 2-4 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM5000
  36. Helpdesk Tech Support (foreign language expertise) or IT Trainers with 2-3 yrs experience can earn between RM4000-RM5000
  37. Programmer or Web Designer or Software Engineer or Analyst Programmer or Network Administrator with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3500-RM4500
  38. Channel Sales Specialist or Inside Sales Specialists or Help Desk
    Northumbria University is a top ranked UK university that's affordable

    Northumbria University is a top ranked UK university that’s affordable

    Analyst with 2-3 yrs experience earns between RM3000-RM4500

  39. IT Marketing Communications Executive with 2-4 yrs can earn between RM2800-RM3800
  40. IT Administrator with a Diploma/Degree and 2-3 yrs experience can earn between RM2800-RM3500
  41. IT Executive with Diploma/Degree and 2 -3yrs experience can earn between RM3000-RM3500
  42. Automation Support Engineer with a Degree and 1-3 yrs experience can earn between RM3000-RM4500
  43. Technician with a Diploma and 1-3 yrs can earn between RM2300-RM4000

What should you do?

Students must be more careful in choosing the right university for the ICT

Northumbria University's architecture programme is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK

Diploma in IT graduates can transfer into the final year of the degree programme at Northumbria University, UK

or computing studies. They should choose a university that has a proven track record such as Asia Pacific University (APU) where their students have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup for the past 3 years. APU is also ranked as Excellent or Tier 5 by MQA in the SETARA 2011. More than 10,000 students have chosen to study at APU and about 80% of them are taking ICT programmes.

Exposure to the industry in creases a student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. UCSI University has over 1000 companies where their students can choose to perform their Co-Op programme. Students at UCSI have to undergo this Co-Op or internship for 2 months of each year of their studies which is the longest of any university.

In the 2013 League Table Ranking for Computer Science by the Complete

The team, comprising Tan Jit Ren (left), Wong Mun Choong (second from left), Chan Wai Lun (third from left) and Ker Jia Chiun (right), will represent the nation in the world finals of the competition in Sydney, Australia in July.

APU students have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup for the past 3 years.

University Guide, Northumbria University is ranked at 51 while the Guardian University guide 2013: University league table for Computer Sciences & IT ranks Northumbria University at 59. Independent rankings indicate the reputation and reliability of a university’s commitment to education.

Students should not choose a university based on the fact that it is cheap because you may not gain the necessary knowledge and skills therefore not able to get a job which will affect you for the rest of your life. University education is an investment for a student’s future and should be taken more seriously because the decision that you make now, can change your life forever.

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