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Randstad Malaysia and Singapore managing director Jaya Dass (far left) presented awards to Shell Malaysia policy & compensation lead Ahmad Bukhari Mohd Yunus, Petronas head of human capital management Farahana Hanapiah and Nestle executive director of Human Resource Shahzad Umar. NSTP photo by AMIRUDIN SAHIB

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top three most sought after employers are Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Shell Malaysia and Nestlé (Malaysia) Bhd, according to Randstad Employer Brand Research.

Young employees, particularly the millennials, favour jobs in the sectors of utilities and energy, information communication technology and logistics and transportation, said Randstad Malaysia and Singapore managing director Jaya Dass.

She was speaking to reporters after the Randstad Malaysia Employer Brand Awards 2019 ceremony here today.

Petronas was crowned “Most Attractive Employer in Malaysia for 2019”, the second time the company secured the top spot at the Randstad Malaysia Employer Brand Awards.

The top three remain unchanged from last year.

Representatives who went on stage to receive the awards are Shell Malaysia policy and compensation lead Ahmad Bukhari Mohd Yunus, Petronas head of human capital management Farahana Hanapiah and Nestle executive director of Human Resource Shahzad Umar.

The winners were selected from the 75 largest employers in Malaysia based on their workforce size.

Other big companies perceived as popular, in the survey, are Intel Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn Bhd, AirAsia Bhd, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Sime Darby Bhd and Sony EMCS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Asked on the distinct attitude of young employees that is shaping Malaysia's job market, Jaya said millennials have no qualms of changing job and do not expect to stay long in any particular job.

“When the millennials move, it is not so much that they are disloyal to companies or they are not prepared to stay for job security. Millennials prioritise career progression and are not shy to ask for flexible working hours in favour of work-life balance," she said.

“I would like to say millennials are willing to take risks to change employments as well as to look for new opportunities compared to our parents’ generations,” she added.

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