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Hiring International Employees in Malaysia

Malaysia's booming economy and strategic location make it an attractive destination for businesses looking to expand their talent pool. Hiring international employees can bring a wealth of diverse skills and perspectives to your company. However, navigating the legalities and logistics can seem daunting. This guide simplifies the process, drawing from official Malaysian government resources and established legal sources.

Hiring International Employees in Malaysia

Why Hire International Employees in Malaysia?

  • Access to a wider talent pool: Find specialists with niche skills you might not find locally.

  • Diverse perspectives: Enhance creativity and innovation within your team.

  • Multilingual capabilities: Expand your reach to international markets.

Before You Begin

Key Steps in Hiring International Employees in Malaysia

  1. Obtain Approval from the Director General of Labor (DGL): This is a new requirement as of January 2023. Prepare and submit an application for employing a foreign worker to the DGL Include details of the position, qualifications sought, and justification for hiring internationally.

  2. Secure a Foreign Worker Quota (if applicable):  Certain sectors, like construction or manufacturing, require quotas. The One Stop Centre (OSC) of the Ministry of Human Resources manages this process

  3. Job Posting and Candidate Search: Advertise your positions on international job boards or collaborate with recruitment agencies specializing in foreign placements

  4. Selection Process: Conduct interviews remotely using video conferencing tools. Ensure clear communication regarding salary, benefits, and relocation assistance (if applicable).

  5. Work Permit and Visa Application: Obtain necessary approvals from MOHR and IMI. Reliable legal partners can assist with navigating the paperwork. Foreign employees need a valid work permit tied to a specific employer and a visa with reference (VDR) issued by the Malaysian Immigration Department. GP Outsourcing Asia is experienced with advising and obtaining Employment Pass for clients such as yourself (potentially) through our Employer of Record Services.

  6. Pre-arrival Support: Provide guidance on relocation logistics, including finding accommodation and familiarizing with Malaysian culture and customs.

Additional Considerations

  • Partner with a reputable recruitment agency specializing in placing international talent.

  • Clearly define the job requirements and highlight the benefits of working in Malaysia to attract strong candidates.

  • Be prepared to offer competitive compensation and relocation assistance, if necessary.

  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment for your international employees.

Valuable Resources

By following these steps and utilizing the provided resources, you can navigate the process of hiring international employees in Malaysia with confidence. Remember, a diverse and skilled workforce is a key asset in today's globalized economy.

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