There are more and more graduates produced in Malaysia and many of them aspire to serve the government and work in the public sector. Unfortunately, the number of vacancies in the public sector is way off those huge number of jobseekers.
Recently, when Universiti Malaysia Kelantan advertised to fill 110 job vacancies, the administrators are stucked with over 30,000 applications and resumes.
Even more shocking, most of the positions are support-related positions which cover the likes of security guards, clerks and assistant librarian which require lower level of educations. However, many of the applicants include those who are well educated.
“The number of people competing for jobs in the civil service has definitely been going up fast in the last several years,” said Omar Osman, president of Cuepacs, the umbrella body for civil service unions.
He said that up until the end of the 1990s, it was rare to see such large numbers of applications for civil service jobs. One reason why thatâ€™s changed could be demographic.
Itâ€™s possible, said Omar, that thereâ€™s been a boom in recent years in the number of school-leavers and graduates coming on the job market. Job growth meanwhile hasnâ€™t been able to match demand, “which could explain what weâ€™re seeing now.”