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

Arroyo govt failed to create the millions of new jobs it promised

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Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The Arroyo administration was unable to create the jobs it promised to generate during the past five years, a report made by the Philippines’ socioeconomic body said.

Unemployment “remains high and meeting job creation targets continue to be a challenge,” the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said in its updated Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2010.

Although the government created 3.5 million jobs from 2004 to 2008, these jobs “represent a backlog of the 3.5 million jobs, given a target of at least 1.4 million employment created per year,” the document added.

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More firms opting for shorter workweek

Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque said that so far, more workers have been affected by the imposition of flexible work weeks than those who have been retrenched, at 42,000 versus 40,191, respectively, since October last year.

Displacements among overseas Filipino workers have also risen to 5,700, he said.

“Jobs preservation is really important so more companies have opted for flexible work weeks. We are monitoring those companies so that abuses do not occur,” Mr. Roque said.

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Trade dep’t insists on perks for job-generating activities

As such, the agency’s draft of the 2009 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) — an annual list of projects that are entitled to incentives — will include ventures that retain workers or provide retraining. The draft will be presented to the public for comments on March 2.

Elmer C. Hernandez, managing head of the Trade department’s Board of Investments (BoI), earlier said the draft lists incentives for troubled firms that retain or retool workers, companies that assist retrenched workers in putting up their own businesses, and micro-, small-, and medium-scale enterprises.

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Jobs for less pay

Beggars cannot be choosers. This is what guides Domingo F. Panganiban, head of the Anti-Poverty Commission, in trying to replace jobs that may be lost this year due to slowing growth.

The workers who are now idle are not the same people who lost their jobs. They are the run-of-the-mill workers who want to eke out a living even for pay below the legal minimum.

So far the effort looks successful.

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Cagayan Freeport creates about 6,000 jobs

Thousands of Filipinos have found jobs at the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport, as the new economic hub in northeast Luzon continued to draw fresh investments and international tourists.

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Administrator and CEO Jose Mari Ponce reported that in just seven years, the number of potential jobs in the economic zone increased exponentially from just 195 in 2002 to 5,918 as of August 2008.

The 2008 employment expectation in the economic zone rose 80 percent from 3,283 potential jobs that were registered in 2007. Potential job generation was estimated at 2,541 in 2006.[Read More...]

Gov’t setting aside P18B for jobs creation

AN initial P18 billion is being allocated by the government to create jobs amid increasing retrenchments because of the global financial crisis.

The budget for the first of the massive livelihood and emergency employment program will be sourced from the budget surplus last year, according to the National Anti Poverty-Commission.

Secretary Domingo Panganiban, NAPC chairman, said the government invested at least P18.1 billion in projects to create new employment opportunities for 63,672 poor and low income workers as the government prepares to cope with the effects of the global economic crunch on the labor force.

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Crisis may worsen sharply, says ILO

The Geneva-based agency yesterday released its latest Global Employment Trends report, which noted that working poverty, vulnerable employment and unemployment had begun to rise last year. Global unemployment, it said, rose to 6% last year to some 190 million, from 5.7% in 2007.

An “optimistic” scenario, it said, would have just 18 million added to the worldwide jobless tally from 2007. Should “growth slow more rapidly this year and recovery be delayed into 2010″, an increase of 51 million “is a possibility”, the ILO said.

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