There are 45,000 job vacancies waiting to be filled in the government and civil service. These vacancies do not include those in the enforcement bodies (e.g. police, army etc) as well as in the teaching profession.
The staggering figure was released by the Senator in the Prime Minister’s Department, T Murugiah, who would be discussing with the Public Service Commission (JPA) on the recruitment and hiring plan by the government to fill the positions.
At the very least, the revelation will come as comforting news to tens of thousands of job seekers in the country. With bad economy, many private companies have been forced to cut their operating expenses and layoff their workers. A significant number of others have also closed down.
To many, during these trying times, securing a job with the government is akin to discovering a gold mine. A few weeks ago, the Human Resource Minister Datuk S Subramaniam disclosed the fact that the recruitment of non-Malay civil servants will reach a significant number in the near future.
The various job vacancies available at the moment are mainly due to promotional exercises and retirement factor. Apart from that, there are also government offices and departments which are restructuring their organization, giving rise to the needs of new headcounts. A small number of ministries will see an increase in the manpower demand in the next one or two months.