PETALING JAYA - Employers are opting for contract staff and outsourcing work over hiring permanent employees.
MyStarJob Network Sdn Bhd head Serm Teck Choon said employment models had changed.
"More companies are hiring contract staff which saves them money. With more freelancers and small businesses around, companies need not hire permanent staff," he said, adding that despite the general downward trend, business development and sales personnel were still in high demand.
MyStarJob is a subsidiary of Star Publications (M) Bhd, which runs The Star's career portal myStarjob.com.
Human resource provider Reditus Management managing director Sherri Chuah said jobs were still available but because the market was slow, companies were more selective and even willing to hire temporary staff while waiting for the right candidates.
She said the year-end recruitment slowdown was the norm with less hiring activities taking place.
"People don't move because it's the holidays and bonus time.
"The supply chain and logistics industries are still okay, but IT and engineering have slowed down," she said.