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Global Employer of Record in Malaysia

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Willing to hire international employees in Malaysia? We’re here to help.

Send us project details here and we’ll be happy to employ your international workforce on your behalf in Malaysia quickly and cost-effectively.

Spotlight on Malaysia:

  • Location – a federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia. Peninsular Malaysia borders Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south, Vietnam in the northeast, and Indonesia in the west; Malaysian Borneo borders Brunei and Indonesia.
  • Capital – Kuala Lumpur
  • Population – 32.8 million
  • Official language – Malay
  • Recognized minority languages – English
  • Government – Federal parliamentary elective constitutional monarchy
  • Currency – Ringgit (MYR)
  • Dominant religion – Islam
  • Labor force – 15.7 million
  • Exports – $263 billion (2017). Exportable goods: semiconductor and electronic products, palm oil, liquefied natural gas, petroleum, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, optical and research equipment, metal goods, rubber, wood, wood products
  • Main export partners: China, Singapore, United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand
  • Imports – $197 billion (2017). Import products: electrical and electronic products, machinery, chemicals, petroleum, plastics, vehicles, goods made of metal, iron, and steel
  • Main import partners: China, Singapore, United States, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea
  • Public holidays – Maulidur Rasul, Hari Merdeka, Chinese New Year (1-2 days), Wesak Day, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s Birthday, Hari Raya Puasa (Aidilfitri), Hari Raya Qurban (Aidiladha), Deepavali, Christmas, Labour Day, Awal Muharram, Malaysia Day.

Types of Employment in Malaysia

Employment contracts cover either a fixed employment term or employment for an indefinite period of time. If a fixed-term contract is renewed on multiple occasions, the Malaysian court system may consider the employee a permanent staff member, should they be dismissed. The workers employed under fixed-term contracts receive statutory employment protection.

Employment of Foreigners in Malaysia

Highly skilled foreign nationals must obtain a valid work permit from the Immigration Department to take up employment in Malaysia. The type of permit required varies depending on the employee and the nature of work they intend to do. Expatriates or skilled foreign workers who take up paid employment must obtain an Employment Pass. There are three categories of Employment Passes, depending on the salary received by the expatriate and the duration of the employment contract.

  • Are you seeking to reinforce your existing team with the expertise of Malaysia-based international employees?
  • Have you already selected a candidate from Malaysia?
  • Do you want the prospect to work for you remotely from Malaysia?
  • Would you prefer to hire shortly and stay compliant with Malaysia legislation?

Our global employment solution is the way to go!

Like every other country, Malaysia has its own employment specifics. Abiding by the local employment law ensures 100% compliance.

By entrusting local tax and law subordination as well as workforce employment and management to an authority with extensive expertise, you safeguard professional handling of all things legal in Malaysia on behalf of your company.

Employer of Record solution in Malaysia

Employer of Record is an integrated solution designed to help you hire and manage your remote employees in Malaysia, which includes:

  • familiarizing with the country’s employment legislation
  • onboarding of employees
  • payrolling employees on a monthly basis in local currency/ies
  • arranging for business visa and work permit if you need to employ expatriate personnel in Malaysia.

Acumen Employer of Record can promptly employ the selected candidate (or multiple prospects) on your behalf in Malaysia. We become your trusted partner and guide you through local labor laws thus eliminating:

  • any and all employment risks
  • the need to go into legislative specifics and set everything up on your own
  • all local labor issues.

Handing all these compulsory global employment processes to experts will spare your precious business hours for more strategic task solving.

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