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89% of workers in Malaysia are positive about digitalisation

Randstad Malaysia's latest Workmonitor report has highlighted that 89%, or nine in 10 of workers in Malaysia are positive that digital technology presents them with new opportunities.

The report was based survey feedback from at least 400 employees and job seekers in Malaysia, and revealed some of the latest workforce trends in the country.

The trends were detailed as follows:

Malaysians willing to acquire new skills for digitalisation

The 89% of respondents who were positive about digital technology expressed their willingness to acquire new skills if they want to work in a digital-ready environment. In fact, 93% of them were willing to personally acquire these skills to guarantee their employability.

Companies can do more to equip staff

Apart from employees and job seekers, companies are also moving forward in preparing for a digital workforce. According to the survey, 69% of respondents said their employer is investing in new technologies within artificial intelligence (AI), such as machine learning, robotics and automation.

Further, 81%, or more than eight in 10, of respondents agreed these emerging technologies will positively impact their jobs in the next five to 10 years.

However, not all employers are taking the step to better equip their employees to increase productivity and digital-readiness. The survey found that while 82% of respondents think their employers should do so, only 63% said their employers are doing it.

As a result, 76% are investing in themselves to learn more about AI.

Malaysia is confident of a digital-ready future workforce

Looking ahead, the survey further revealed respondents in Malaysia are optimistic about the country's future workforce. In particular, 80% of respondents said students are already being equipped with the relevant digital skills to well prepare them for the future, more digitalised workforce.

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