SERIAN May 13, 2012: The Labour Department is urging employers to reconsider the salary offered to school leavers and the unemployed in the state.
Its assistant director Jessie Bidut said there were about 27,000 vacancies available in the private sector in the state at present.
However, factors such as mobility, salary amount and unattractive job position were among the key factors why some unemployed individuals had no interest in applying for these vacancies.
“We have around 30,000 active job seekers at the moment but they were unable to fill the vacancies due to reasons such as salary and location.
“We are hoping that the minimum wage policy announced by the government recently will help to reduce the unemployment rate in the state,” she said when met at the Job Placement Programme here yesterday.
Pointing out that salary of RM500 offered by some employers was not enough to even cover daily expenses, Jessie said the high cost of living was not helping the situation either.
Meanwhile, around 20 employers offering jobs in various fields, such as in the management, technical, clerical fields, and as machine operators and general workers, participated in the Job Placement Programme.
JobsMalaysia had also set up booths to help jobseekers view the kind of vacancies available.