Workforce

Principal Statistics of the Labour Force (2013)

NUMBER (‘000) PERCENTAGE (%)
Labour force Employed Unemployed Labour force participation rate Unemployment rate
Malaysia 13,634.6 13,210 424.6 67.0 3.1
PERAK 976.2 938.4 37.9 60.3 3.9

Number of employed persons by educational attainment (2013)

No Formal Education % Primary % Secondary % Tertiary % TOTAL
MALAYSIA (’000) 388.4 2.9 % 2,192.1 16.6% 7,394.2 56.0% 3,235.4 24.5% 13,210.0
PERAK (‘000) 15.8 1.7% 158.0 16.8% 592.4 63.1% 172.2 18.4% 938.4

Number of employed persons by occupation (2013)

Managers Professionals Technicians and Associate Professionals Clerical Support Workers Service and Sales Workers Skilled Agricultural and Fishery Workers Craft and Trade Related workers Plant and Machine-Operators and Assemblers Elementary Occupations TOTAL
MALAYSIA (’000) 695.5 1,284.0 1,288.4 1,189.5 2,866.1 1,162.9 1,452.7 1,607.7 1,663.3 13,210.0
PERAK (‘000) 34.3 68.9 71.0 67.5 230.3 99.7 118.2 128.2 120.2 984.3
% from National Total 4.9 5.4 5.5 5.7 8.0 8.6 8.1 8.0 7.2 7.4

Source: Statistics Department, Malaysia
Good education and training are essential for the production of a highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce. Perak is the proud home to a number of well-known institutions of higher learning, such as Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Seri Iskandar, Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), UniKL-RMCP (Royal College of Medicine Perak) and UniKL-MIMET (Malaysia Institute of Marine Engineering Technology).

In addition to these universities and colleges, Perak also has several training centres that offer certifications and help to develop technical and soft skills within the workforce. Such centres include the Industrial Training Institute (ILP) in Ipoh, the Advanced Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) in Taiping and the Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre (PESDC), established to encourage industry players in Perak to produce a skilled workforce to meet the growing needs of the sector.