DOLE lists jobs that are currently in demand

Looking for a job? The Labor department on Thursday bared there is a huge demand for workers in construction-related industries abroad, while a lot of local companies are looking for professionals.

The Department of Labor and Employment in a statement said that based on ads for jobs abroad, the demand for trade and related workers was the highest, followed by professionals, service workers, laborers and unskilled workers, plant and machine operators, officials of government and special interest organizations, technicians and associate professionals, and clerks.

Specifically, the following are the occupations with the highest demand overseas (1 being the most sought for, and 25 being the least):

  1. Electrical Technician
  2. Carpenter
  3. Pipe Fitter
  4. Scaffolder
  5. Steel Fixer
  6. Mason
  7. Welder
  8. Quality Control/Assurance Inspector
  9. Light Duty Driver
  10. Rigger
  11. Waiter
  12. Service Crew
  13. Aluminum Technician
  14. Foreman
  15. Plumber
  16. Design Engineer
  17.  Machine Operator
  18. Iron Worker
  19. Industrial Electricians
  20. Tig Welder
  21. Janitor/Janitress
  22. Mechanical Design Engineer
  23.  Barista
  24. Baker, and
  25. Room Attendant.

Meanwhile, vacancies in jobs in the Philippines are mostly for professionals; clerks; service workers; officials of the government and special interest organizations; trade and related workers; laborers and skilled workers; plant and machine operators; and for farmers, forestry workers, and fisherman.

In detail, jobs with a huge demand from domestic companies or local units of global firms are the following:

  1. Sales Professionals
  2. Accounting Officer/Accountant
  3. Mason
  4. Call Center Agent
  5. Quality Assurance/Control Engineer
  6. Cashier
  7. Civil Engineer
  8. Office Staff
  9. Engineer
  10. Mechanical Engineer
  11. Secretary
  12. Electrical Engineer
  13. Human Resource Personnel
  14. Driver
  15. Marketing Officer
  16. Receptionist
  17. Project Engineer
  18. Waiter/Waitress
  19. Telemarketer/Telecommunication Officer
  20. Project Manager
  21. Estimator
  22. Architect
  23. Instrument Engineer
  24. Recruitment Specialist, and
  25. Administrative Officer/Staff

DOLE: 13th month pay should be paid on or before Dec 24

The Labor department is reminding employers to release workers’ 13th month pay on or before December 24. In an article on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Website, Secretary Marinito Roque said that paying of 13th-month pay is mandatory.

He said that the pay is based on the “time-honored” Presidential Decree No. 851 issued on December 16, 1976.

According to the decree, all employers in the country are required to pay their workers’ 13th month pay not later than December 24 of every year.

Salary workers should report to the DOLE office nearest them if their employers failed to pay on the specified date.

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DOLE: Good traits make Pinoys preferred abroad

Foreign employers hire Filipino workers not because they would take on any job for a cheap pay, but because of their unrivaled skills and good characteristics, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said Tuesday.

In a statement, he said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have a number of traits that give them the edge over other nationalities.

Roque disputed a report which said that foreign employers favor OFWs “because of their willingness to do any kind of work even for the smallest pay.”

“Foreign employers prefer OFWs mainly because of their positive attributes such as their facility with the English language, their industry, flexibility, ability to learn easily, and their happy disposition,” Roque said in the statement.

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More Filipinos now in need of jobs, DOLE data shows

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos are now in need of jobs, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

Data from the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) shows a four-fold growth in the number of jobseekers nationwide.

DOLE data recorded a total of 267,793 job applicants nationwide. The figure is four times higher than the 50,000 jobseekers posted five months ago.

The increase in the number of jobseekers was apparently due to the recent surge in the number of workers displaced as a result of the prevailing global financial crisis.

Based on the BLE data, the greater bulk or about 25,000 of the jobseekers are factory workers and production machine operators.

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Cebu furniture exporters turn to domestic market to survive

World-class furniture makers in Cebu are turning to the domestic market to survive due to the declining orders from foreign buyers.

Allan Suarez, Philexport trustee for furniture sector, said that the industry, one of the few that withstood previous crises like the Asian crisis in 1997 and the global trade slump of 2001, saw its worst beating last April.

Latest government figures showed that the furniture export industry got the highest decline of minus 44.3 percent on revenues of $51.21 million last April. It however managed to keep its rank as the fifth largest export of the country.

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Workers to hang bras, panties as Triumph factories set to close

MANILA – Members of a workers union said Sunday that they will “hang bras and panties” on the gate and on warehouse fences of their factory in Taguig City on Monday to protest the announcement of the scheduled closure of the factories they have been working in.

Bagong Pagkakaisa ng mga Manggagawa sa Triumph International (BPMTI), in a statement Sunday, said its members will a symbolic protest and hold an assembly “to denounce the illegal and unjust closure of Triumph International Philippines.”

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Plight of stranded bus drivers to end soon–DOLE

The misery of the remaining 68 Filipino bus drivers still stranded in Dubai could soon be over.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he was able to talk with various government officials in the United Arab Emirates and several agreements have been reached to address the issue.

Roque was a guest at the migrant workers’ day at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai.

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Safety of OFWs main concern in lifting of Nigeria ban – POEA

Members of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board are meeting any time soon to decide whether to lift an order banning Filipinos from traveling to Nigeria.

POEA Administrator Jennifer Manalili said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has tossed the question to the governing board amid a clamor by Filipinos working in Nigeria to remove the restrictions.

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DOLE, JobStreet.com forge deal for jobs

The Department of Labor and Employment and online recruitment firm JobStreet.com have forged a partnership to help the jobless, and workers displaced by the global crisis, find jobs on the Internet.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said DOLE entered into an agreement with the private executive search and staffing firm to provide jobs, as well as industry-grade skills to employers.

In the agreement signed by DOLE and JobStreet Select, DoLE’s Phil-Jobnet homepage would be linked to all the available jobs in the JobsStreet.com website.

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Japan: Hiring of Pinoy nurses continues

The hiring of Filipino nurses and caregivers in Japan will continue despite the country’s worst economic crisis in 35 years.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration allayed fears about the cancellation of the planned hiring, and even said 1000 Filipino nurses and caregivers will be hired over the next two years.

“We will be deploying an initial batch of 200 nurses and 300 caregivers by end of April or early May this year as part of the agreement,” POEA chief Jennifer Manalili said.

Under the agreement between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Japan International Corp. of Welfare Services (JICWELS), those who qualify for the jobs will undergo a six-month language and culture training in Japan during which they will receive an allowance of $400 or more than P21,000, Manalili said. [Read full article...]