±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
±Compare Expat Providers
±Expat Focus Partners
±Latest Financial Articles
· Expat Focus Financial Update September 2017
· 10 Things To Think About Before You Move Abroad In Your Middle Age
· Expat Focus Financial Update August 2017
· What Could Higher Interest Rates Mean For Your Overseas Property Purchase?
· Expat Focus Financial Update July 2017
· The Lifestyles And Cultures Of Great Expat Locations
· Understanding Exchange Rates for Your Overseas Property Purchase
· Interview With Duncan Khoury, Head of Marketing, World First Australia
· Expat Focus Financial Update June 2017
EmploymentBack to top Back to main Skip to menu
Kuala Lumpur - Employment
The service sector (finance, insurance, real estate & business services, wholesale & retail trade, restaurant & hotel, storage and communication, utilities, personal and government services) account for a major portion of jobs in KL. For expatriates interested to learn more about Malaysia's economy, there is a useful publication by the Department of Statistics available for download here.
It is illegal to work in KL without valid work permits. The job market in KL is very competitive, so much so that local fresh graduates are occasionally unable to find suitable employment. Some specialists are in constant demand in certain sectors and industries (for example, in the education sector, especially in the teaching of English Language; IT and engineering).
Hiring the use of a headhunter (local or international) can be costly. The less expensive option will be to check the classifieds in the newspapers or try websites that cater specifically to jobs available in KL, for examples, www.careerjet.com.my/jobs_in_kuala_lumpur or www.jobstreet.com.my. Alternatively, expatriates can try asking at the embassies or consulates that occasionally hire foreigners for administrative work. Expatriates who find employment while living in KL should note that the employment terms are usually on local terms.
When in Asia, it really pays off to network. Start by attending seminars or social events organized by business associations and societies. Various country's Chambers of commerce often organize such gatherings.
There are about 15 public holidays in Malaysia. Some public holidays are internationally known ones, such as Labor Day, Christmas and New Year's Day. Several public holidays are unique to Malaysia due to its Islamic culture (e.g. Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Maulidur Rasul) and Hari Raya Puasa). The dates of these religious holidays are subject to change.
Expat Health Insurance Partners
Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.
At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.
Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.