The extended JaminKerja will focus on workers who are replacing foreign workers through the Malaysianisation programme; those who are differently-abled, and female workers who have lost their jobs.
The Jamin Kerja Keluarga Malaysia (JaminKerja/Job Guarantee Programme - Employment Incentives) initiative has been extended until 31 December 2022, the Social Security Organisation (PERKESO, or SOCSO) announced on 29 July 2022 (Friday).
For the duration of extension, the application conditions and incentive rates for employers in Malaysia, as well as mobility assistance for hired employees, remain as before.
According to SOCSO, the extended JaminKerja will focus on recruitment efforts targeted at the tourism sector, as well as workers who are replacing foreign workers through the Malaysianisation programme; workers who are differently-abled (orang kurang upayas, or OKUs), and female workers who have lost their jobs.
Prior to this six-month extension, this initiative originally expired on 30 June 2022. However, with the nation's unemployment rate said to be at 3.8% - which is higher than before the pandemic hit - the government "wanted to intervene and boost the labour market".
With this extension, SOCSO is "confident" that JaminKerja can fulfill the government's goal to provide 55,000 job opportunities to "vulnerable" Malaysians during the period of extension, and create "as many as 300,000 job opportunities throughout 2022".
As a reminder, employers eligible to apply for the JaminKerja programme include:
- Employers from all industry categories registered with SOCSO before 1 January 2022, and
- Employers from the public sector, federal and state statutory bodies, remuneration separated statutory bodies, and local authorities (PBT) are only eligible for the apprenticeship category.
On the other hand, those who are considered ineligible employers are those from private employment agencies or outsourcing companies (outsourcing/contractor for service) that provide job placement services to another company (principal) and not as the main employer.
"However, an employment agency or an outsourcing company acting as a direct employer, which implements the payment of salaries and employee contributions, is eligible to apply for this incentive," PERKESO earlier explained.
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