B&Fs Q3

Banking & Financial Services Market Insights Q3 2017

Published on 20th July 2017

Throughout Q2 2017, there remained a steady demand for Banking & Financial Services professionals in the Malaysia market.

The migration of functions continued

As we progress through 2017, we have continued to see the trend of global banks migrating and building functions in Kuala Lumpur.

We saw organisations continuing to keep up with global regulatory standards, resulting in core growth areas and hiring demand for professionals across Financial Markets Operations, Investment Banking, Wealth, Risk and AML/Compliance operations. 

We also observed a trend, albeit very much expected, of the fundamental need for strong Business Change teams, Process Engineers, Business Analysts, and Project Managers. This trend has been evolving with the continued migration of regional and global processes to Malaysia.

Complementary skills and attitude for development

From discussions with organisations, we found the existing business appetite to move more functions to Malaysia, however, the challenge is whether there is, or will be, sufficient talent to meet this demand. 

Some of these functions will be new to Malaysia. Businesses are not only assessing the availability of talent with similar skills in the market that can complement this need, they are also looking for global talent to support long-term sustainability and local market development. 

As these functions continue to establish and develop, they will offer interesting career paths for professional development.   

Optimistic hiring outlook in Q3 2017

In Q3, as the Banking & Financial Services market continues to mature in Malaysia, we expect to see similar hiring trends that happened in Q2 for professionals in this area.

Banking & Financial Services
Salary Report for Q3 2017*

Job title Years of experience Annual salary range (RM$)
Audit / Internal control
Head of Audit / Operational Risk 12+ 200K–250K
Vice President 8–12 120K–200K
Head of Compliance 12+ 200K–250K
Vice President 8–12 120K–200K

Management Reporting / Financial Planning & Analysis
Head of Management Reporting 12+ 180K–220K
Vice President 8–12 150K–180K
Management Accountant 5–8 100K–150K

Product Control
Head of Product Control 12+ 220K–280K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K

Regulatory Reporting / Financial Accounting
Regional Financial Controller 12+ 220K–280K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K

Head of Tax 12+ 250K–300K
Vice President 8–12 180K–250K

Operations & Risk
Head of Operations 12+ 220K–280K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K
Head of Middle & Back Office 12+ 220K–280K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K
Head of Credit Risk 12+ 200K–250K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K
Head of Market Risk 12+ 220K–280K
Vice President 8–12 150K–220K

Business change
Business Analyst 8–12 150K–220K
Project Manager 8–12 150K–220K
Program Manager 12+ 220K–300K
Transformation Lead 8–12 150K-300K


*Notes about salary table:

  1. Titles and levels vary from organisation to organisation.
  2. The salary ranges given are only approximate guides. For tailored salary advice, please contact us directly.
  3. 12-month base salaries are assumed.
  4. All other benefits and bonuses are in addition to these figures.
  5. Bonus ranges can vary significantly from company to company and will be influenced by market conditions, business and individual performances. Bonus ranges from 1 month at the low end to 100%+ at the upper.
  6. Holiday entitlements range from 1225 days with senior executives not usually receiving less than 18 days. Less than 15 is very rare and 20 days is becoming the norm.
  7. Healthcare policies are standard.
  8. Pension plans vary with some companies offering greater than the standard contribution. Top up schemes can increase employer contribution levels as much as 15– 20% of the base salary for senior executives.