This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Recruitment of foreign workers and expatriates in Malaysia are restricted by employment rules

in Malaysia

Trade barrier summary

Employers must advertise job vacancies in MYFutureJobs for at least 30 days, effective from 1 January 2021. This affects recruitment of expatriates by UK investors and academic institutions in Malaysia and it applies to employers wishing to recruit expatriates under the Employment Pass. The rule prioritises locals and enables them to fill positions ahead of foreign workers or expatriates.

Sectors affected

  • All sectors



Date reported

9 November 2020

Last updated

19 July 2022

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