Rising inflationary pressures
We expect the Fed will hike rates in June and one or two times in the second half of 2018. However, a temporary move above 2% in the core PCE deflator is unlikely to trigger a switch to a more aggressive pace of rate hikes.
The Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) celebrated the completion of the first cohort of MaGIC’s IDEA Accelerator with a Demo Day where 29 impact driven enterprises (IDEs) and social enterprises (SEs) presented their refined ideas to a room full of investors, corporations, government agencies, and MaGIC Impact Partners.
IDEA Accelerator Programme aims to provide early-stage IDEs and SEs with the opportunity to pilot their idea, strengthen their business model, solidify their impact delivery models, and secure capital through fundraising. The 29 IDES and SEs participating in IDEA Accelerator each focused on one of five key impact themes: employment for the marginalized community (7) income and productivity growth for the B40 community (6), equality and empowerment (5), pollution and waste management (6) and community development (5).
The ICT job market in Malaysia in 2017 showed improvement in salary growth and higher number of jobs compared to 2016. The overall average monthly salary of ICT Professionals grew to RM8,908 in 2017, a 5 per cent growth from RM8,484 in 2016. This was a better growth compared to 4.6 per cent in 2016.
The number of advertised jobs of ICT Professionals also jumped by 35 percent to 15,197 in 2017 compared with 11, 227 in 2016. Senior Executive Level attracted the most number of jobs at 7,118 among the five job categories. These were among the many findings in the 11th edition of PIKOM ICT Job Market Outlook in Malaysia 2018 launched today.