According to Alan Pryor, General Manager, KLCC, this revision of the minimum wage factors in the rising cost of living in Kuala Lumpur.
Note - This story has been updated with KLCC's statement.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has announced a revised minimum wage of RM2,500 for full-time employees — 40% more than the government mandate that comes to effect on May 1, 2022.
The announcement was made at the company's recent townhall session by Alan Pryor, General Manager, KLCC, who noted this revision of the minimum wage factors in the rising cost of living in Kuala Lumpur. He said: "Our team members are our greatest asset and as we resume business in full capacity after two years, this decision is not only timely but also the right one," he said in a statement sourced by HRO.
Commenting on the bigger picture, Pryor acknowledges that the hospitality sector is "facing a huge manpower shortage" as Malaysia welcomes international events and tourists back to its shores. "In the aftermath of COVID-19, we are dealing with a reduced supply chain, decreasing workforce and stiff competition locally and regionally," he said.
As such, he believes that improved wage and compensation policies need to be implemented industry-wide to attract fresh talent and to boost current staff morale.
In fact, KLCC is currently actively recruiting part-timers to join its Ambassador Programme, which comprises a complimentary 'basic food handler' course, refresher training allowance, SOCSO and EPF contributions, flexible working schedule, uniform, duty meal, and night shift transport allowance. The Centre hopes to tap into tertiary students for this endeavour.
[PSA: Interested candidates may contact Norzehan Hamdan at 017 990 7995 for more information.]
The announcement to improve workers' wellbeing comes in time, as the Centre said it is preparing for 1117 business and entertainment events up to December 2022. Some of these include International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) 2022; International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2022; and 3rd Asia Optometric Congress 2022.
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