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M’sian employers shares how difficult it is to hire young adults, some even offered salaries up to RM4,000

While some find it difficult to look for a job since the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears that employers in the food, retail, service and real estate industries are finding it difficult to hire and retain young adults as employees too.

According to a report by Kosmo, employers from these industries are offering competitive salaries that ranged from RM1,200 to RM4,000, but they still did not manage to attract the attention of the younger working force. Employers even offered other benefits such as KWSP, Perkeso, bonuses and insurance.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has recorded over 687,000 who remained unemployed in December 2021.

Source: HRM

Speaking to Kosmo, some of these employers said they belief that young adults these days prefer flexible hours of the food delivery service life, while still being able to earn between RM2,500 to RM3,500.

An employer in Johor also pointed out that the younger generation in the state are more into looking for jobs in Singapore due to the higher wages, especially since the borders are reopening soon.

Another employer who runs a café in Penang complained about how he had to constantly look for new employees as his new hires often don’t return after working just 1 day.

Among the reasons the new hires give were they are unable to work for 8 hours as it is too tiring. Some of the younger people he hired have also asked to ‘only do 1 job’ as waiters and cashiers can’t seem to do both jobs at the same time.

Some also said they felt ashamed when they are required to wear restaurant uniforms.

The café owner has offered salaries of RM1,800 with increments of RM500 after 3 months of work, but is still unable to attract employees aged 18 to 20.

An employer working in the retail industry compared today’s youth to the older generation, and said the older generation were much more responsible when they were younger.

“Young employees who have been hired recently are taking leave for various illogical reasons, and sometimes, when they are asked to move goods, they will argue that it is not within their job scope.” he said.

He highlighted how today’s young working adult come in working late, do not listen to instructions and do not like standing in stores. These had put him down from hiring the younger working force.

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