Budget 2014 was announced in October 25, 2013. As expected, GST was introduced in the budget and it is scheduled to be implemented in 2015. In line with the implementation of GST, the government has also reviewed the personal income tax rates. Here are some of the key highlights:
The following table illustrates the income tax rate for each taxable income group for the year 2013 and 2014 assessment. As you can see in the table below, the tax rate increases accordingly with your taxable income per annum.
Most companies remained cautious in the first quarter of 2013 while they waited for financial uncertainty in foreign markets to settle. However, this didn’t last long and the rest of the year was much more positive with job openings across the IT sector encouraged by multinational companies looking to Malaysia for their technology needs.
Recruitment in Kuala Lumpur saw increased levels of activity in 2013, particularly for risk, project management and finance professionals. It was a positive year for regional insurance companies who expanded their local presence, with experts required in risk underwriting, claims, policy servicing and insurance finance.
In Malaysia, the recruitment market in the field of supply chain, procurement and engineering was relatively active in 2013 and this provides for a strong indication in the year ahead. This activity was influenced mainly by companies in consumer, healthcare, retail and manufacturing. In the mean time, the majority of professionals hired in service sectors, such as shipping, third party logistics (3PLs) and 4PLs, were mostly hired as replacements rather than new appointments.