Working for British High Commission Kuala Lumpur

General information

Welcome to our careers section where you can find out more about working with us at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

We offer a range of interesting and rewarding roles at different levels. Jobs include helping distressed British nationals, political and economic analysis, media activities, tackling climate change, promoting UK-Malaysia trade and much more.

There are opportunities for professional development and the chance to work with talented colleagues from the UK and Malaysia. As part of the team, you will play an important role in strengthening the partnership between the UK and Malaysia.

We offer a competitive remuneration package including supplementary medical insurance, generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements.

Before applying for any job, please carefully read the Eligibility and Selection Process.

Due to the large volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which may also consist of a written test relevant to the role. Details will be provided at the time of short-listing. All interviews are conducted in English by a panel, usually made up of three members of staff.

All interviewed candidates will be contacted approximately two weeks after interview to inform them whether or not they have been successful.


Our job opportunities are open to Malaysian nationals, British nationals and spouses / partners of diplomats in Malaysia who hold a valid ‘W’ visa. Some positions are open to British Nationals only due to security reasons.

All British applicants must be eligible to obtain a Malaysian working visa after receiving the job offer. We can support this process by providing the necessary documents. Failure to obtain the correct visa will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.

Civil Services Competences and the selection process

Selection is based on the overall suitability of the candidate against the skills, qualifications and competences required in the position, as may be demonstrated by applicants through the application form and the interview. The specific requirements for each position can be found in the job advertisement/description.

We recommend all applicants understand the Civil Service competences before applying for any role and in preparation for interviews.

Core competencies for SMS1(L) or LE1 S (MS Word Document, 44.7 KB) Core competencies for D7(L), or LE1 S (MS Word Document, 45.6 KB) Core competencies for D6(L), or LE1 S (MS Word Document, 45.1 KB) Core competencies for C5(L), or LE1 S (MS Word Document, 44.8 KB) Core competencies for C4(L), or LE1 (MS Word Document, 43.8 KB) Core competencies for B3(L), or LE2 (MS Word Document, 43 KB) Core competencies for A2(L), or LE3 (MS Word Document, 42.7 KB) Core competencies for A1(L), or LE4 (MS Word Document, 42.9 KB) Core competencies for S1, S2, S3, or LE5 (MS Word Document, 41.4 KB)

Our benefits

Working for the High Commission is challenging and rewarding. You can expect a supportive and stimulating work environment with many opportunities for learning and development. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a complete package with a wide range of benefits:

Flexible working

We encourage our staff to have a good work-life balance. We recognise the importance of supporting staff as far as possible to match their working life with domestic arrangements to the benefit of our employees and the organisation.


We review pay arrangements on a regular basis in line with local law and within budgets allocated by parent Directorates. In addition to a monthly salary, this can include:

  • annual performance related bonuses to reward high performance. Bonuses are determined by individual performance and grade at the time of annual appraisals.

  • Time off in lieu (TOIL) is given to staff who have to work outside of their working hours during busy periods.


All newly recruited staff receive 20 days of annual leave per calendar year. Staff can be granted special paid leave in exceptional circumstances when they have to take time off for compassionate reasons.

Learning and Development

All local staff have a learning and development plan and everyone is encouraged to develop professionally during their time with us, whether that is for six months or ten years. There are a wide range of e-Learning courses available and the Regional Training Centre also delivers courses relevant to staff needs.

Current work opportunities

If you are interested in a job opportunity at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur or one of the other UK delegations, DIT offices, other government departments or consulates in Malaysia, please visit the FCDO Local Staff vacancies website.

To filter the search for current vacancies, use the “Country/Territory” field on the left of the page and select the country you wish to search.

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.