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Work-life imbalances, salary drops for Malaysian creative and marketing professionals: study

AvantiKumar | June 14, 2013
Despite Malaysian government increased investment, salaries have either dropped or stagnated in the digital, marketing and creative industries, according to Market Pulse study.

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Snapshot - Malaysian cut of Market Pulse salary survey

Bala said the figures show Malaysia's company-paid training ranked as a lower priority than Singapore or Hong Kong, with men in Malaysia more likely to receive training than women. "There is room for Malaysian companies in creative, digital and marketing industries to invest in training, in order to boost in-country expertise. This would also help with retention, particularly women, who, according to our survey, are leaving their jobs at the five-year mark."

Regarding flexible working arrangements, she said the studies showed that while Singaporean and Hong Kong firms were warming up to the idea, the concept has yet to be embraced in Malaysia in these sectors.

"Many Malaysian companies are prioritising car parking, however offering flexible hours could offset this need," Bala said. "Also, paternity leave does not rate as a high priority in Malaysia, with just 18 percent of the men surveyed receiving the benefit. However, we have seen an increase in male candidates requesting paid paternity leave, but this is rarely built into the contract."


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