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Higher-Skilled workers for construction sector

Higher-Skilled workers mean lower levy and extended maximum period of employment.

At a glance

Criteria CoreTrade Multi-Skilling Scheme Direct R1 Pathway MBF
Minimum years of experience 4 4-6 No minimum 6
Skills or certification required Yes Yes Yes No
Minimum fixed monthly salary No minimum No minimum $1,600 $1,600

4 ways to upgrade to "Higher-Skilled"

You pay less levy for “Higher-Skilled” foreign workers. They will also be able to work for up to 22 years, instead of just 10 for “Basic-Skilled” non-Malaysian workers.

There are 4 ways to upgrade your construction workers from “Basic-Skilled” to “Higher-Skilled”:

  • CoreTrade
  • Multi-Skilling Scheme
  • Direct R1 Pathway
  • Market-Based Skills Recognition Framework (MBF)

CoreTradeShow

CoreTrade

Years of experience in construction sector Minimum 4 years
Skills or certification required CoreTrade skills assessment
Minimum fixed monthly salary No minimum
More info BCA website

How to upgrade your worker

  1. Register your worker with BCA for training and skills assessment.
  2. If your worker passes the test, BCA will inform us and the new levy rate will take effect on the 1st of next month.
  3. You will also see your worker’s new skill status and levy rate in WP Online.

Multi-Skilling SchemeShow

Multi-Skilling Scheme

Years of experience in construction sector Minimum 4 years
Skills or certification required
  • SEC(K) in a second trade
  • 4 years’ experience

OR

  • 120 hours of training in approved safety-related courses
  • 6 years’ experience

OR

  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Workplace Safety & Health
  • 6 years’ experience
Minimum fixed monthly salary No minimum
More info BCA website

How to upgrade your worker

  1. Your worker must meet the requirements above.
  2. Register your worker with BCA as a Multi-Skill worker.
  3. If the registration is successful, BCA will inform us and the new levy rate will take effect on the 1st of next month.
  4. You will also see your worker’s new skill status and levy rate in WP Online.

Direct R1 PathwayShow

Direct R1 Pathway

Years of experience in construction sector No minimum
Skills or certification required SEC(K) at higher-skill level
Minimum fixed monthly salary $1,600
More info BCA website

How to upgrade your worker

  1. Ensure your worker’s salary details in WP Online are updated.
  2. Register your worker with BCA for the SEC(K) test.
  3. If your worker passes the test, BCA will inform us and the new levy rate will take effect on the 1st of next month.
  4. You will also see your worker’s new skill status and levy rate in WP Online.

Market-Based Skills Recognition Framework (MBF)Show

Market-Based Skills Recognition Framework (MBF)

Years of experience in construction sector Minimum 6 years
Skills or certification required No requirement
Minimum fixed monthly salary $1,600
More info FAQs on MBF for the construction sector

How to upgrade your worker

  1. Ensure your worker’s salary details in WP Online are updated.
  2. The new levy rate will take effect on the 1st of next month.
  3. You will also see your worker’s new skill status and levy rate in WP Online.