MALAYSIA: New Job Advertising Requirement for ESD Employment Permit Applications [UPDATED 11 November 2020]

November 11, 2020


Effective 1 January 2021 (postponed from 1 November 2020), all companies (including those registered both with ESD and with MDEC) intending to apply for new or renewal employment permits for foreign workers are required to place an advertisement for the job vacancy for at least 30 days at the MYFutureJobs portal.

  • First, the employer must register at MYFutureJobs, which may take up to 5 working days.
  • Within three days of posting the advert, the employer must complete and submit the PAPD Form online here.
  • Within 30 days of posting the advert, there will be interview sessions between the employer representative and potential candidates. The employer must send a Hiring Outcome Report (HOR) to SOCSO (Social Security Organization).
  • Within 1 and 30 days after the posting expires, the Expatriates Placement Committee will discuss the position.
  • 1 to 3 days after the committee meeting, the outcome (MYFutureJobs Recommendation) will be notified directly to the relevant Approval Agency (MDEC or ESD, etc.)
  • Some positions may be exempt from this requirement – namely, “Key Posts”, positions that are difficult to source in Malaysia and renewals of EP Category 1 positions.
  • Positions already submitted for advertising on JobsMalaysia will be processed according to the previous eligibility requirements.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Malaysia, please contact us.