Malaysia IT Salary 2009

Sometime between October 2008 and May 2009, ZDNet Asia conducted an online survey to gather and consolidate report on the salary of IT workers in Malaysia. Apart from Malaysia, the web portal also carried out similar analysis for a number of Asia countries e.g. China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines.

A few thousand users, consisting of various job functions including project management, IT management, systems development, support, communications, support, administration and others responded to the survey. Many of them hold permanent positions with their companies. Some others are working under contract, part time as well as being independent consultants.

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In summary, those working in the IT management functions command the highest salary, with an average earnings of RM93,176 annually. The figure converts to about RM7,700 monthly. Additionally, if you are in the IT management and works in the IT, web and telecom industry, chances are you get higher figure than that as discovered in the survey. The folks in this specific category receives an average of RM8,5000 monthly or RM102,280 yearly.

In terms of salary by skills, application development, desktop/software and operating systems are the three top winners, bringing home more than RM38,000 annually, which, on estimation, double every 5 years or so.

Following are some of the relevant charts for you to see. Now you can decide if you’re underpaid, overpaid or simply floating around the average salary figure. All figures are in Malaysia ringgit.

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Average salary by skills and years of experience:


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Average salary for top 10 most popular IT skills:


Review Salary of Local Malaysians

The Human Resources Ministry has urged the employers to review the salary offered to local Malaysians to attract more homegrown people to work for them.

It has also suggested for the employers to introduce a better compensation scheme for the vacant positions left by the foreigners.

According to its minister, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, unattractive salary package offered by many employers has hindered many locals from accepting the jobs, with many opting to work overseas when there are opportunities.

The state of employment has been a public concern where more and more jobs offered in the country were taken by foreign workers. For instance, about half of over 200,000 workers in the plantation industry now are made up of foreigners from various countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In the recent months, the ministry has been calling out employers to save jobs for locals and should there be any move to retrench workers, foreigners should go first. Even though the government has decided to increase the levy imposed on bringing in foreign workers into the country in the recently announced mini-budget, the ministry believes that it is not a sensible solution and would only cause the country to lose its global competitiveness.

But Subramaniam stopped short of putting blames to the local workers; many of them found too choosy about the wok scope and would not settle for jobs involving menial duties and field labor.

Higher Salary for Anti-Corruption Officers

The Malaysia government is now considering paying higher salaries to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Officers, MACC as the body is said to be stepping up its effort to curb bribery and corruption.

The suggestion for the pay rise was also put forward to create more interest and attract more job seekers to join the country’s authorized anti-corruption body.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been appointed by the outgoing premier, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to lead a team that will study the feasibility and formulate a better salary package to the officers.

When appointed Prime Minister four years ago, Abdullah has vowed to focus his priority in weeding out corruption, which has been plaguing the country’s politics, economy and government administration for years. As he is expected to step down in 3 months, he is making his final push to shut his critics and prove them wrong.

MACC is the new name given to ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) when the MACC Act was passed on the parliament in December 2008.

Close to half of 585 people arrested throughout the year were civil servants serving for various government offices.

MEF Malaysia Salary Survey 2008

Recent survey conducted by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) found out that, despite the trying economic conditions, majority of the employers are still willing to reward their employees with salary increase and year-end bonus, albeit at a lower rate.

70% of more than 200 employers surveyed indicated their willingness to offer a salary raise, with MEF forecasting the percentage of increase to be in the region of between 5.53% for executives and 5.59% for non-executives.

The figures are somewhat lower than the results of a similar survey done back in August, with the former’s output range lies between 5.78% (executives) and 5.85% (non-executives). The swings were mainly attributed to the recent global economic downturn.

High salary increase is forecasted to be seen in a number of industries including pharmaceutical, medical, textile, logistics, forwarding, transportation and manufacturing of heavy machineries. As for the annual bonus, 72% of the respondents forecasted that bonus will be paid to non-executives (with average of 1.99 months bonus), while 60% will pay bonus to executives (average 1.78 months bonus).

The results of the survey were released as a published booklet, entitled MEF Malaysia Salary Survey for Executives and Non-Executives 2008, which can be used as a yardstick to determine salary trend for the year 2009.