By Hafidz BaharomAugust 06, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — The third quarter of 2012 will be harder for job seekers as forecasted by employers, said recruitment agency in its latest survey of the employment outlook, despite assurances from Putrajaya that Malaysia’s economy is on track to grow by up to six per cent.

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According to the Job Outlook Report by Southeast Asia’s top online job search firm, 33 per cent of employers felt that the general job outlook would be slightly worse or much worse, which was an increase from the previous quarter’s 22 per cent.

Malaysia reported a 4.7 per cent GDP growth for the first three months of this year, marking its third consecutive quarterly drop since it posted a 7.2 per cent increase in the second quarter of last year.“The respondents who answered that the job outlook would be slightly better or much better has dropped from 47 per cent to 31 per cent in the third quarter of 2012,” JobStreet said in the report.

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