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The highest-paying HR roles in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2020

In 2020, Indonesia's HR industry will see HR business partners (HRBPs) in permanent roles earning the highest pay per annum, between RP468mn to over RP1,040mn.

Similarly, in Thailand, HRBPs will be able to earn between THB960k to THB4.2mn next year, making them the highest-earning HR role in the country as well.

Over in Malaysia HR directors Kuala Lumpur and the Northern region can earn the most in the HR sphere in the coming year, between RM240k to RM750k.

As revealed in Robert Walters' Salary Survey 2020, employers and HR in all three countries can also expect to see more hiring activity in the coming year, with an even more intense competition for skilled talent across industries.

The data for each country is detailed individually as follows:




Over in Thailand, in 2020, most HR roles will earn a similar salary as 2019, with slight increments observed in those with more than 12 years of experience.

The higher-earning roles here include HRBPs, HR generalists, as well as roles in organisational development and compensation & benefits.

In Thailand, the survey found that 27% of HR professionals stayed in their roles for less than two years, while on average, those moving jobs expected salary increments of between 20% to 30%.

Of those staying in their roles, a majority (57%) expected between 7% to 15% in annual salary increment, while a lower number (24%) expected between 0% to 6%. At the same time, about 19% expected more than 15% in annual salary increment.

What's driving job satisfaction in Thailand's HR roles?

Similar to Malaysia, key drivers of job satisfaction for Thai HR professionals were a good working culture & environment, good work-life balance, and feedback & encouragement from their management.

On the other hand, 36% were motivated to move jobs due to career progression, while 19% would move for better compensation & benefits. Further, 16% ranked better company culture as a key job move motivator, and 14% identified an improved work-life balance in another role.

When it comes to top skills, business partnership, a strategic mindset, and logical & critical thinking were identified as the top skills in demand in Thailand.

Infographics / Robert WaltersLead image / iStock

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