Join InterNations

The world's largest expat community

Find Out How to Get a Job and Work in Penang

  • Connect with fellow expats in Penang

  • Join exciting events and groups for expats

  • Get information in our expat guides

  • Exchange tips about expat life in Penang

  • Adam Malewski

    With all the great information on this site, getting settled in Kuala Lumpur was a piece of cake.

An amazing community is waiting for you!

Meet internacional people at local events

Socialize, enjoy hobbies, and make friends

Get info, and feel at home abroad!

Employment in Penang

Local Economy

Penang is currently the state with the highest GDP per capita in Malaysia. With a booming manufacturing sector that makes up almost half of the overall state GDP, Penang is a popular recipient of foreign direct investments pouring in from MNCs, especially in the manufacture of electrical and electronic goods.

Nicknamed “Silicon Island”, the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone in the southern part of the island is host to electronic plants for global companies such as Dell, Seagate, Intel, Toshiba, Keysight Technologies and AMD.

Further infrastructures to support the thriving manufacturing industry are also on the way, including the establishment of a new business center in Batu Kawan, which has also recently received a generous reinvestment from Seagate to boost manufacturing over the next five years.

Organizations such as the Penang Development Corporation and InvestPenang are also in place to enhance the socio-economic development and promote investments in Penang. In short, Penang has a robust manufacturing industry, where opportunities in executive-level management, investment management,

engineering and entrepreneurship can be found.

Job Hunting in Penang

Due to the structure of the work permits for expatriates, it is generally expected that those coming to Malaysia will already have a job offer lined up from a sponsoring company.

Malaysia is very keen to employ professionals from all countries and international hubs like Penang are especially open to hiring expatriates.

A good place to start looking is in the mainstream English daily newspapers, The Star, The New Straits Times and The Sun, all of which have online versions.

Another avenue is to look out for vacancies in companies with branches in Penang, such as Seagate, Toshiba and Intel, which are currently expanding their local presence and looking for new talent.

Income Taxation in Penang

As an expatriate working in Penang, your personal income is taxed according to your length of stay. You are taxed as a resident if you stay in the country for more than 182 days in a calendar year, and the income tax brackets for 2015 are as follows:

  • 0 MYR to 5,000 MYR (1,400 USD) – 0%
  • 5,001 MYR to 20,000 MYR (5,550 USD) – 1%
  • 20,001 MYR to 35,000 MYR (9,700 USD) – 5%
  • 35,001 MYR to 50,000 MYR (13,850 USD) – 10%
  • 50,001 MYR to 70,000 MYR (19,400 USD) – 16%
  • 70,001 MYR to 100,000 MYR (27,700 USD) – 21%
  • 100,001 MYR to 250,000 MYR (69,250 USD) – 24%
  • 250,001 MYR to 400,000 MYR (110,750 USD) – 24.5%
  • 400,001+ MYR – 25%

If your stay is less than 182 days, you will be classed as a non-resident and are taxed at a flat rate of 25% for all personal income. However, you won’t be taxed if you are employed for less than 60 days in a tax year.

For our April event, we will be going to a restaurant/bar called Beach Blanket Babylon at 32Mansion. They have recently upgraded the dining area to give us a choice of outdoor and indoor areas and ple
For our February event, we will be going to a a restaurant/bar called Rain Garden. We have been to their old venue before, but this event will be upstairs in their new venture at 41 Jalan Burma, Georg
For November, as we've not done anything in Batu Ferringhi for at least two years, our latest event will be at a restaurant/bar called Bora Bora Terrace. This is NOT the beach bar, but the slightly mo
For October, our latest event will be at a restaurant/bar called Around The World located at Hillside a couple of doors up from The Wine Shop. The address is 1E, Jalan Sungai Kelian, 11200 Tanjung Bun

See all upcoming events for expats in Penang

Our Global Partners

  • Adam Malewski

    With all the great information on this site, getting settled in Kuala Lumpur was a piece of cake.

  • Yasmin Krüger-Darango

    A former business partner recommended InterNations to me when I moved abroad to Malaysia. We still use it to stay in touch.

Our Global Partners

Other Communities in Malaysia

Like-Minded Expatriates in Penang

Malaysia Guide Topics