What is HRDF?

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) is a pool of funds that consists of Human Resources Development levies collected from employers of the manufacturing and service sectors as listed in the First Schedule of the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad Act 2001 (liable registrants) as well as optional registrants. The purpose is to enable employee training and skills upgrading of the Malaysian workforce.

who is eligible to register HRDF?

  • Employer with 10 or more Malaysian employees are COMPULSORY to register with HRDF, the monthly levy is charged at the rate of 1% of the monthly wages of employees.​
  • Employers with 5 to 9 Malaysian employees are given the OPTION to register with HRDF and if you choose to register, the monthly levy is charged at the rate of 0.5% of the monthly wages of employees
  • All companies’ activities should be covered under PSMB Act 2001. Tip: See 63- subsectors covered under PSMB Act 2001
  • Services Sector
Sub-Sector / Industry Eligibility Criteria Rate Of Levy Payment
  • Hotel
  • Air Transport
  • Travel Agency (Inbound)
  • Telecommunication
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Shipping
  • Postal Or Courier
  • Advertising
  • Computer Services
  • Energy
  • Training
  • Higher Education
  • Commercial Land
  • Transport & Railway Transport Services
  • Direct Selling
  • Port Services
  • Engineering Support And Maintenance Services
  • Research And Development
  • Warehousing Services
  • Security Services
  • Private Hospital Services
  • Gas, Steam And Air-Conditioning Supply
  • Water Treatment And Supply
  • Sewerage
  • Waste
  • Management And Material Recovery Services
  • Production Of
  • Motion Picture, Video And Television Programme, Sound Recording And Music Publishing
  • Information Service
  • Building And Landscape Services
  • Event Management Services
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Support Service
  • Franchise
  • Sale And Repair Of Motor Vehicles
  • Private Broadcasting Services
  • Driving School
  • Veterinary Services
  • Hypermarket, Supermarket And Departmental Store Services
  • Food And Beverage Services
≥ 10 Malaysian Employees (Mandatory To Register) 1%
5 - 9 Malaysian Employees (Given Option To Register) 0.5%
  • Manufacturing Sector
Sub-Sector / Industry Eligibility Criteria Rate Of Levy Payment
  • Making Or Processing Of An Article By Labour Or Machine Or Both, Including The Transformation Of Parts Or Components Into Another Article Of A Different Nature Or Character By Way Of Altering, Blending, Ornamenting, Finishing Or Otherwise Treating Or Adapting Any Article Or Substance With A View To Its Use, Sale, Transport, Delivery Or Disposal, Including The Building Of A Ship Or The Assembly Of Parts Of A Ship.
≥ 10 Malaysian Employees (Mandatory To Register) 1%
5 - 9 Malaysian Employees (Given Option To Register) 0.5%
  • Mining & Quarrying Sector
Sub-Sector / Industry Eligibility Criteria Rate Of Levy Payment
  • Extraction of Crude Petroleum Oils and Gas Mining and Quarrying
≥ 10 Malaysian Employees (Mandatory To Register) 1%
5 - 9 Malaysian Employees (Given Option To Register) 0.5%

The above list is not exhaustive. Should require further clarification, please contact PSMB Contact Management Centre at 1800-88-4800, enquiry or any PSMB Office.

How is HRDF Levy Calculation?

HRDF Levy = HRDF Levy % x ( Basic Salary + Fixed Allowances)

  • Wages
  • Wages Impose with levy are basic salaries and fixed allowances including paid leave and wage arrears. The basic salary is the salary paid before making any deductions such as EPF / SOCSO / ZAKAT / PCB and others.
  • Fixed Allowances
  • Fixed Allowance refer to allowance paid regularly and are unchanged on a monthly basis.

How to claim HRDF?

Skim Bantuan Latihan (SBL) is the main scheme under HRDF and its objective is to encourage employers to retrain and upgrade their employees’ skills in line with their operational and business requirements. Under SBL, employers are free to identify their own training needs and implement the training programme in stages

SBL requires employers to make full payment for the training programme and reimbursement is based on employer claims

Training Methodology
  • Inhouse
    - Own Premise, hotel or external training place
    - Min : 2 Pax and Max : 35-40 Pax
  • Public
    - Local / Oversea
    - Min : 1 Pax and Max : 9 Pax
  • Coaching and Mentoring
    - Can be applied in workplace setting to ensure continuous process of development
    - Min : 1 Pax and No Max Pax
  • Job Coach
    - A Special training programme for person with disabilities (PWDs)
    - Min : 5 Pax and No. Max Pax
  • E Learning
    - Conducted via electronic media, typically on the internet. Learning through curriculum out of classroom)
    Min : 1 Pax and No Max Pax
  • Development Programme
    - Diploma, Degree, Master & PHD - full time or part time
    - Min : 1 Pax and No Max Pax
Claimable Cost
  • Course Fees
  • Meal Allowance
  • Daily Allowance
  • Consumable Training Materials
  • Hotel Rental Package or Training Facilities Rental
  • Airfare Ticket or Transportation
  • * Others expeneses please refer the allowable cost matrix
Minimum Training Duration
  • 4 Hours (1/2 day)
    Submission via eTRiS under Skim Bantuan Latihan (SBL) must be submitted by employer BEFORE the training commences.
Application Process
  • 1. Application
– Online application throught eTRiS system
– Document Required :
– Invoice / Quotation
– Training Schedule / Course Content
– Trainer’s Profile
  • 2. Approval
  • 3. Claim
    Document Required :
    - Itinerary (airfare) - if any
    - Receipt & Invoice (transportation) - if any

Effective 1st August 2019, training programmes must commence within six (6) months from the date of training grant applications are made and training claim submissions must be made not more than six (6) months from the date the training programmes are completed.

Fore more info about HRDF scheme, please contact : 1800 88 4800, support@hrdf.com.my.

HRDF Frequently Ask Question

  • Does my company need to register with Human Resource Development Fund?

The registration of employers is stipulated in the Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad Act, 2001 (PSMB Act, 2001). Generally, if your company falls under the Manufacturing, Services, or Mining & Quarrying sector (based on PSMB Act 2001) and your company employs a minimum of ten (10) Malaysian employees, it is compulsory for your company to register with Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). If your company falls under the above mentioned sectors but only employs five (5) to nine (9) Malaysian, you are given an option to register with HRDF.

  • Is the Human Resources Development (HRD) levy deducted from an employees’ employee’s wages?

No. Employers are not permitted to deduct the wages of employees under any circumstances for the payment of the levy.

  • Is the company director considered as an employee?

If the company director is paid a salary, he/she is regarded as an employee of the company, whereas a director who only accepts director fees is not considered an employee.

  • Is it compulsory for an employer to register?

Section 13(1) of the PSMB Act 2001 stipulates that every employer who is covered under the Act is required to register with HRDF within such time and manner as may be prescribed.

  • If my company do not want to register, what is the consequence?

Any employer who is convicted of not registering with HRDF may be fined up to an amount not exceeding RM10, 000 or face imprisonment up to a year, or both (Section 13 (2)).

  • If my company just registers with HRDF but does not pay the levy, what is the consequence?

Failure of payment before the stipulated time will result in;
- Fine not exceeding RM20, 000.00 (Ringgit Malaysia Twenty Thousand) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or both (on conviction).
-Yearly interest of 10 per cent in respect of each day of default or delay in payment.

  • 6) How is the mode of payment and contribution to SOCSO determined?

Employee contribution rate is based on the employee's wages, overtime, commissions, service charge, annual leave emoluments, sick leave, maternity leave, public holidays, incentives, meal allowance, cost of living and housing allowance and so forth. All payments whether hourly, daily, weekly or monthly-rated are considered wages. Monthly contribution rates for employers and employees is shown in the Contribution Schedule based on 34 salary categories.

  • 7) What are the payment channels for SOCSO contribution?
  1. SOCSO’s ASSIST Portal (Payment via FPX)
  2. Payment at Counter (Employers need to bring the ACR reference)
    1. SOCSO counters(Payment of contributions must be made using cheque or money/postal order only).
    2. Banks appointed by SOCSO as collection agents:
      1. Maybank
      2. RHB Bank
      3. Public Bank (Starting 1 March 2018)
  3. Internet Banking
  4. iPERKESO Portal (visit www.perkeso.gov.my and login to iPERKESO)
  • 8) How can SOCSO contributions be made if the employee stops working in the middle of the month?

Employers are only required to pay contributions based on the total wages paid to employees for the month. However, if the salary is paid until the 15th day of the month, the contribution is based on salary paid for that particular month.

  • 9) When is Interest on Late Payment Contributions (ILPC) applied to the employer?

The employer is liable to pay monthly contributions within 15 days of the following month. For example, January contributions should be paid not later than February 15. ILPC is charged for late payment of contributions at the rate of 6 percent per annum for each day of late payment contributions. If late payment interest is calculated to be less than RM5, then interest is charged at RM5 per month.

  • 10) How is the Interest Late Payment Contributions (ILPC) paid?

ILPC payment can be made through the following channels:

  1. SOCSO’s ASSIST Portal (Payment via FPX)
  2. Payment at counter (Employers need to bring the FCLB notice)
    1. SOCSO counters
      *Payment of contributions must be made using cheque or money/postal order only.
    2. Banks appointed by SOCSO as collection agents:
      1. RHB Bank
      2. Public Bank (Starting 1 March 2018)
  • 11) How do we report an accident and what are the documents needed to make a claim?

For accidents at the work place, the employer has to notify SOCSO by filling in the Accident Report (Form 34) and submit punch cards or attendance records, medical certificate and a copy of the identity card to the SOCSO Office. If the accident occurs while commuting to and from work, these documents must be accompanied by a police report and sketch map of the route taken at the time of accident.

  • 12) Does SOCSO bear the cost of medical treatment? Where can teatment be obtained?

Any employee who is involved in a work-related accident, commuting accident or has occupational disease is entitled to free medical treatment at SOCSO panel clinics, government clinics and government hospitals.

  • 13) Who is eligible for Constant Attendance Allowance?

This allowance is paid to an employee who suffers total permanent disablement or is severely incapacitated with a 100% loss of earning capacity or certified invalid and constantly requires personal attendance. His need for a care giver must be verified by a Medical Board or Appellate Medical Board. This allowance is equivalent to 40% of permanent disability benefits or invalidity pension and is subject to a maximum rate of RM500 per month (With effectice from 1st January 2013 the sum is fixed at RM 500) . Payment is made directly to beneficiaries.

  • 14) What is my SOCSO registration number?

SOCSO registration number is your Identity Card Number issued by the National Registration Department.

  • 15) How to notify cessation of business to SOCSO?

Employers may notify the cessation of business through ASSIST portal. Kindly follow the steps below to update the status:

  1. Click at My Sites and choose REGISTRATION
  2. Then, click UPDATE, choose Form 1A- Cessation As Employer (Discontinue Business)
  3. Click on Action icon
  4. Update the date status at Employer Status Request Change Date and choose status Change Employer Status To
    1. Dormant
    2. Winding-Up
    3. Cancel
  5. Click Save & Continue
  6. Upload the supporting documents
  7. Click Save & Continue
  8. Click Submit
  9. Proceed for Submission? Click Confirm
  10. Request Case Update Number is generated (Kindly keep the number for reference)
  11. Click OK
  • 16) What is the procedure to change the company's address?

Employers may update the company’s address through ASSIST portal. Kindly follow the steps below to update the address:

  1. Click at My Sites and choose REGISTRATION
  2. Then, click UPDATE, choose Update Employer Information
  3. Click on Action icon
  4. Update the current company’s address and other relevant information’s
  5. Click Save & Continue
  6. Upload the supporting documents
  7. Click Save & Continue
  8. Click Submit
  9. Click Submit
  10. Request Case Update Number is generated (Kindly keep the number for reference)
  11. Click OK

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