Many employees may have planned their careers perfectly, but it is very likely that they would seek specialists’ professional career advice intermittently.

According to the latest Randstad WorkMonitor, nearly half of employees around the world (46%) say that they need professional career advice from a specialist. This sentiment spiked in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Malaysia, as seven in 10 employees (71%) reach out to specialists for career advice.

Ryan Carroll, Country Manager for Randstad Malaysia said, “Employees understand the need for continuous learning to remain competitive in the workforce and for personal growth. It is no surprise that employees reach out to human resource specialists for industry insights and expert advice as they anticipate their next career move.”


72% of employees in Malaysia stated that they needed specialist career advice. Employees held a similar demographic split with Singapore, as males and younger employees are more likely to reach out to specialists for career advice.

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Among the three countries, Hong Kong SAR employees are the least likely to seek career advice from a specialist, with only 58% stating so. Younger employees however are more likely to seek specialist for advice to achieve their career goals.


Among the three markets, employees in Singapore are the most eager to seek career advice from a specialist, with 83% of employees doing so. This is 37% more than the global average, indicating a highly competitive workforce.

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the randstad workmonitor

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and now covers 34 markets around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.

The Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter.

The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per market, using Survey Sampling International.

about Randstad

Randstad is a global leader in the HR services industry, with Asia-Pacific operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong SAR, China, Australia and New Zealand. Our offices in Southeast Asia have been supporting people and organisations in realising their true potential, helping find the best permanent and contracting talent in accounting & finance, banking & financial services, construction, property & engineering, corporate & secretarial support, human resources, information technology, legal, life science, sales, marketing & communications and supply chain & procurement.

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Alistar Lien, Senior PR & Communications Specialist