Malaysia

Employer of Record & PEO in Malaysia

Hire & manage teams remotely in Malaysia without a local entity. We handle HR compliance, payroll & taxes so you can focus on your business.

Native Language

Malaysian

Employee Protection

Medium

Payroll Frequency

Monthly

Capital city

Kuala Lumpur

Termination

Hard

Internet

Medium

Currency

Ringgit (MYR)

Immigration

Easy

English Speaking

<50%

Population

32.73 Million

Employment Cost

Low

Cost of Living

Low

How NNRoad Employment & PEO Services Work?

NNRoad provides professional employment organization (PEO) & employer of record (EOR) services for companies looking to hire and manage teams in Malaysia. Registering a legal entity in Malaysia as a means for employment is an outdated practice that takes both time (months) and money (thousands of USD). NNRoad’s employer of record and PEO services enables companies to hire and manage employees in Malaysia in full accordance with local labor laws in under a week.

Employer of Record in Malaysia

Employer of Record (EOR) services are for companies who do not have a legal entity in Malaysia, but who want to hire in Malaysia. Employment and full liability are outsourced to NNRoad.

➊ You interviews & select the candidates you want to hire in Malaysia.
➋ NNRoad arranges a local labor contract with your new employee.
➌ NNRoad arranges a service contract between your organization & NNRoad.
➍ NNRoad organizes, manages & processes  payroll in Malaysia in full compliance with local employment laws.
➎ You maintain a normal working relationship and manage your team in Malaysia while NNRoad manages payroll & HR liabilities.

  • Recruiting process outsourcing – including but not limited to resume screening, shortlisting candidates, background check, coordination for interviews, and assistance for salary negotiation
  • Hiring of and termination of employees/local labor contracts (contract administration)
  • On-boarding and off-boarding employees following local law practice
  • Complete payroll solution and statutory benefit administration
  • Employee management – employee handbook, employee record retaining, time keeping, bonus and allowance management, expense and claims, and leave employee database management, and contingent workforce management
  • Mandatory social security insurance (social security organization or SOCSO), employee provided fund (EPE), and employment insurance (EIS) compliance according to the local laws
  • Advisory of on Malaysian Labor Act and Law, Industrial Relations (IR), and Employee Relations (ER) dispute
  • Work VISA application assistance, if needed

Payroll & PEO in Malaysia

Professional Employment Organization (PEO) services are for companies who have a legal entity in Malaysia, and want to outsource their payroll. Employment liabilities are shared between your organization and NNRoad.

➊ You interviews & select the candidates you want to hire in Malaysia.
➋ NNRoad organizes, manages and processes payroll for your local employees in full compliance with local employment laws.
➌ You maintain a normal working relationship and manage your team in Malaysia while NNRoad manages payroll & HR compliance.

  • Registering the necessary company and personnel information for payroll calculation in the payroll software and system
  • Monthly Payroll Processing
  • Year-End Adjustment and Annual Declaration

Advantages of NNRoad's Malaysia Employment Services

  1. With EOR/PEO solutions you can manage client meetings, sales, quality control, marketing, R&D and customer support without a local company in Malaysia.
  2. Pay as you go
  3. ​​Dedicated account manager – One point of contact for multiple locations
  4. Employment & termination processing
  5. Complete payroll solution and statutory benefit according to local laws
  6. With EOR/PEO solutions you can hire staff while waiting for the registration of your company in Malaysia.
  7. NNRoad only works with professional locally licensed partners
  8. GDPR compliant
  9. NNRoad manages employee record timekeeping, bonus and allowance, expenses claims and personal leaves according to local law.
  10. NNRoad provides foreigner VISA application services, if needed

Employment Compliance in Malaysia

Taxes & Payroll in Malaysia

Employee Income Taxes:

Individual income tax rates in Malaysia are based on progressive tax brackets. Incomes at or bellow 5000 MYR per year are not taxed.

Tax Brackets

0%: 0 – 5,000 MYR
1%: 5,000 – 20,000 MYR
3%: 20,000 – 35,000 MYR
8%: 35,000 – 50,000 MYR
14%: 50,000 – 70,000 MYR
21%: 70,000 – 100,000 MYR
24%: 100,000 – 250,000 MYR
24.5%: 250,000 – 400,000 MYR
25%: 400,000 – 600,000 MYR
26%: 600,000 – 1,000,000 MYR
28%: 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 MYR
30%: >2,000,000 MYR

Sample Calculation

Yearly income = 70,000 MYR
14% * 20,000 = 2800
8% * 15,000 = 1200
3% * 15,000 = 450
1% * 15,000 = 150
2800+1200+450+50 = 4500

Yearly income tax = 4500 MYR

Employer Costs in Malaysia

Employer Contributions:

Employers must pay contributions based on the salary of their employees:

12% – 13% – Provident Fund for employees under 60 years old
4% – 6.5% – Provident Fund for employees over 60 years old
1.25% – 1.75% – Social Security
0.2% – Employment Insurance
1% – HR Development Fund for companies with over 10 employees

Employee Contributions:

9% – Provident Fund for employees under 60 years old
0% – 5.5% – Provident Fund for employees over 60 years old

Working Hours in Malaysia

Working Hours per Week

The work week in Malaysia does cannot exceed 48 hours per week. Work should not exceed an average of 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week. A maximum of 12 hours per day can be worked. Employees must get a 30-minute rest period after 5 hours of consecutive work or 45 minutes after 8 hours.

Employees in organizations with less than 10 employees and who are not under the Malaysia Employment Act (EA) may freely negotiate hours.

Benefits & Insurance in Malaysia

Provident Fund

Employees in Malaysia benefit from a pension fund where both the employer and employee deposit a monthly percentage of the employee’s salary. 

Social Security

Employees in Malaysia benefit from a social security where the employer contributes 1.25% to 1.75% of the employee’s salary.

Employment Insurance

Employees in Malaysia benefit from an employment insurance where the employer contributes 0.2% of the employee’s salary.

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Termination Laws in Malaysia

Severance

To end an employee contract, a one month’s notice must be given (although more can be specified in the contract). There must also be a just cause for the dismissal. As long as the dismissal is justified, no additional compensation or severance pay needs to be offered.

Public Holidays in Malaysia

Public Holidays in Malaysia

Employees are entitled to 11 paid public holiday days off per year. 5 of these are mandatory for all employers, and the other 6 can be chosen by the company (but must be consistent for all company employees).

  • New Year’s Day
  • Lunar New Year
  • Prophet’s Ascension
  • Labour Day
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Vesak
  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s birthday
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Islamic New Year
  • Independence Day
  • Malaysia Day
  • Prophet’s Birthday
  • Diwali
  • Christmas Day

Paid Leave in Malaysia

Employees under the Malaysia Employment Act (EA) are entitled to a number of paid annual leave days per year based on how long they have worked with the employer.

Employed for less than 2 years: 8 days per year
Employed for 2 to 5 years: 12 days per year
Employed for more than 5 years: 16 days per year

Employees not under the Malaysia Employment Act (EA) can negotiate paid leave with their employer.

Employment Contract in Malaysia

Employment Contract

Employment in Malaysia is governed by the Employment Act 1955. The Employment Act sets out minimum standards for employment contracts – the legal minimum conditions and rights that should apply. It is common practice to still base contracts of employees that don’t qualify on the Employment Act. But employers have the discretion to alter employment terms.

Probation Period

There is no requirement under Malaysian employment law to offer a separately defined probation period.

Types of Leaves in Malaysia

Sick Leave

Employees in Malaysia are entitled to:

14 days sick leave for employees with less than 2 years service
18 days sick leave for employees with 2 to 5 years of service
22 days for employees with over 5 years service
60 days in case of a medical emergency.

Employees not under the Malaysia Employment Act (EA) can negotiate paid leave with their employer.

Maternity Leave

Employees in Malaysia are entitled to 90 days maternity leave where 60 days are paid and 30 days are unpaid.

Immigration Laws in Malaysia

Foreign workers can be granted a work visa in Malaysia by having the employer apply for a Malaysia work permit on their behalf. There are different types of Malaysia work permits based on profession, employee profile and duration of business matters in Malaysia.

Employment Pass

To receive an employment pass. the foreign employee must have proper documented qualifications for the job in question as well as relevant work experience. Foreign employees receiving the employment pass must make at least 3000 MYR per month.

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