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

NGO eyes rogues gallery for illegal recruiters

MANILA, Philippines – Amid mounting complaints of would-be overseas Filipino workers losing their money for non-existent jobs, a non-government organization is proposing a rogues gallery for illegal recruiters.

The Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (Ideals) unveiled the proposed “Illegal Recruiter’s Facebook” on Tuesday during one of its roundtable discussions with sectors concerned with migrant workers in Quezon City.

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MANILA, MARCH 27, 2009 (STAR) By Mayen Jaymalin – Nearly 90 million jobs are needed to absorb the new entrants in the labor market and cut short the ongoing global financial and job crisis, the International Labor Organization (ILO) reported yesterday.

In a report titled the “Financial and Economic Crisis: A Decent Work Response,” the ILO said close to 90 million new jobs are needed up to 2010 to avoid a prolonged jobs gap.

ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said governments also need to implement a “global jobs pact” to prevent the severe job crisis that could lead to a massive increase in unemployment and poverty.

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Remittances up 13% to $16b in 2008

Foreign exchange remittances from Filipino expatriates surged in 2008 despite the global economic crisis.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that remittances through banks and other official channels reached $16.43 billion last year, up 13.7 percent from $14.45 billion in 2007, when they grew 13.2 percent from the 2006 level.

The major sources of remittances in 2008 were the United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, UK, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In December, remittances scaled to $1.40 billion, compared with $1.30 billion in November and with $1.397 billion in December 2007. [Read full article...]

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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Recto sees 500,000 new jobs this year

The government could only create 500,000 new job opportunities this year, not enough to meet the demand for domestic employment amid a sluggish world economy, an economic manager of President Arroyo said yesterday.

In a Malacañang press conference, Socio Economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto said that around 900,000 new graduates and non-graduates will be looking for work this year while another 800,000 workers may be “vulnerable” to the global economic crisis this year.

Recto said it would be “tough” to create one million jobs as envisioned in the government’s Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) to cover the looming unemployment.

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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 cuts jobs worldwide

PARIS — The global financial crisis has sent a wave of rising unemployment across the world as vulnerable workers suffer from the downturn in economies interlinked by globalization, experts say.

The US-born credit crisis that worsened in September has also seen a harsh economic slowdown, with several of the richest countries ” including the United States, Germany, Japan and now Britain ” sinking into recession.

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Millions of jobs in Iraq a lure to lift deployment ban

PRESIDENT Arroyo will seriously consider the proposal of Vice President Noli de Castro to lift the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers in Iraq where millions of jobs are reportedly available, incoming press secretary Cerge Remonde said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

Iraqi charge d’affaires Adel Mawlood al-Hakimh in an article in yesterday said his country will be needing “possibly 10 million foreign workers.”

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