A starting salary of RM2,500 for Fresh Graduates should be enough to cover their cost of living, few “experts” believe.
According to the education division head of the Credit Counseling and Debt Management (AKPK), Mohd Adnan Anan Abdullah, for as long as the Graduates manage the finances well and do not overspend, the money would be enough to cover the cost of living. They must always know to live within their means; eating outside on daily basis would cost them dearly and additional expenditures on cigarettes and so on will make survival more difficult.
If one lives in Kuala Lumpur and eats outside daily, he or she could be spending as much as RM30 per day.
Recently, a research by a local firm found that as many as 77% of fresh graduates do not feel that RM2,500 salary is sufficient to keep up with the escalating cost of living. More than 2,000 people participated in the survey.
60% of the respondents expects a min of RM3,500, while some 30% of them are vying for as much as RM6,500.
While on the employer side, 66% of them say they are willing to pay between RM2,500 and RM2,800 to fresh graduates.
Shamsuddin Bardan, the Executive Director of the Federation of Malaysian Employers, insists that salary around RM2,500 is considered reasonable owing to the fact that fresh graduates come with lack of skills and experience, and that employers would be spending resources to get them trained on the appropriate skills.
Similar view is shared by economic lecturer with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Prof. Dr. Shazali Abu Mansor, who viewed that graduates should treat their first job similar to practical training.
Do you agree with these views?
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