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Jobs That are Coming Back Post COVID-19 in Malaysia

Jobs That are Coming Back Post COVID-19 in Malaysia

20 May 16:00 by HR & Management Blogs

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As the pandemic madness dies down. It seems like life is slowly shifting back to the pre-pandemic lifestyle. Fortunately, it seems like some jobs from the pre-Covid world is set to make a comeback in 2022. Especially within the tourism industry.

As a recruitment company in Malaysia, we've made a list of 5 jobs making a comeback. In true BGC style, we've also included the salaries in our article! Have a read!

Asian Tourism Industry Overview​

The tourism industry was undoubtedly one of the most severely affected industries during the pandemic. South East Asia's tourism is slowly recuperating after its sudden halt back in 2020 due to travel restrictions. Studies claim that travel restrictions led to a decline of more than 90% in international travel to Asia. 







5 Jobs That are Making a Comeback Post-Pandemic

High Paying Roles in Tourism

1.  Travel Agents

Different countries worldwide are gradually opening up to tourists, where places like the United States, the United Kingdom, and even some Asian countries like South Korea no longer have quarantine requirements. Having not been able to travel for almost 3 years, Singaporeans are increasingly keen to travel and are actively looking to book a trip or flight through a travel agency.

According to the Wall Street Journal, an online survey that up to 44% of 410 travelers reflected that they are more likely to use a travel adviser after the pandemic. Travel agencies all over the world need more agents to deal with the surge in demand, which in turn increases the demand for travel agents in the industry.


Average Salary:

RM2,760 per month according to Indeed


2.  Cabin Crew

As the usage of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme continues to grow in the post-pandemic era. Airports are busy again and flights per day are increasing and are projected to increase in the near future. This means that airlines are once again looking for cabin crew members to work on the aircraft to ensure that they are fully staffed.

Using Singapore Airlines as an example, 4,300 jobs and the cabin crew workforce were reduced by more than 25% during the pandemic. However, now they are aiming to re-hire some of the cabin crew to meet growing customer needs.

Average Salary:

RM1,350 per month according to Payscale


3. Hotel Staff

With an increased number of tourists projected for the near future and more Singapore citizens actively travelling locally in the form of staycation, the demand for hotels is consistently increasing. In CBRE Singapore’s latest report, there have been signs of a recovery in the Singapore hotel market over the second half of 2021, specifically in the premium segments. The average occupancy for the half-year grew to 65.3%, higher than the same period in 2020 by 6.5%.


This covers hotels like Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, which is entertainment on its own with casinos, a shopping mall, and a wide variety of restaurants, likely the first choice for tourists. Hotels like this need a large team of staff to provide the quality service they are famous for, with the front desk staff, doormen, housekeepers, and hotel managers being some common examples.


With more tourists expected, it is important for these hotels to maintain fully staffed, and thus many hotels are once again hiring, searching for talent more locally than before due to a lack of foreign workers.


Average Salary:



4. Tour Guides



For special tours and programs under the scheme, at least one designated tour guide is needed to facilitate the program for participants, which increases the need for new and returning tour guides in the industry.

Average Salary:

RM1,650 per month according to Indeed


5. Jobs Based Overseas (e.g. Singapore) 




Coming Back Stronger Post-Pandemic

Singapore is trying hard to live with the pandemic and gradually return to normal life. Popular jobs in the tourism and travel industry are adjusting rapidly and trying their best to make a strong comeback for the projected increase in both international and domestic tourists.

Travel agents, cabin crew, hotel staff, and tour guides represent only a small section of the tourism industry, where other subsets of the industry like shopping malls and restaurants are also aiming to increase their hire back to the normal volume.

With these combined efforts in the government and the tourism industry, Singapore can recover quicker from the pandemic and hopefully reach the ultimate goal to establish it as a place that is safe to travel and welcoming to visitors.