Firm lists jobs in high demand

Most PH firms now hiring as they gear up for expansion

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Now is the best time to go job hunting in the Philippines because most local companies are planning to expand their businesses this year, according to JobStreet.com.

In a survey covering 440 companies, the Internet job site revealed that 52 percent of the country’s firms plan to expand as early as this quarter.

Survey results showed that the bulk of job vacancies were for sales executives, but every segment would benefit from the companies’ expansion, said JobStreet.com.

For example, it explained, a surge in new hires for sales departments will have to be balanced by a similar strengthening of marketing departments.

“There are also manufacturing firms that have transferred back from China, and foreign investors coming to the Philippines,” JobStreet.com said. “With this, job search should be easier in the first quarter of 2013.”

The company said engineers and accountants should also be more optimistic of landing jobs this year.

Also, junior professionals would find it easy to look for work as JobStreet.com said 57 percent of survey respondents said they would be hiring people with less than four years of work experience, while 24 percent said they were looking for supervisors and specialists.

“Competition remains high for top management positions, such as president and chief executive, since only a small sliver—1.6 percent—opened their hiring doors for this quarter,” JobStreet.com added.

Based on the total number of postings at JobStreet.com in 2012, the most in-demand workers are those for customer services—in particular, those for business process outsourcing firms.

Yolanda R. Buyco, JobStreet.com marketing director, said yesterday that the other top nine jobs available these days are those related to finance-general cost accounting; IT/computer software; technical and help desk support; IT/computer hardware; human resources; marketing and business development; sales (telesales and telemarketing); IT/computer network, system or database administration; and banking and financial services.

Buyco announced the results of the survey during the launch of JobStreet.com’s Career Fair Manila 2013, which will be held on April 1 and 2 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

She also said that there are jobs waiting for fresh graduates, apart from positions for nursing or medical support assistance; hotel management and tourism services; and clerical or administrative support.

Citing data from the Commission on Higher Education, JobStreet.com noted that there are 500,000 fresh graduates from colleges each year.

Based on the company’s data, there are 170,500 unique jobs available for local job seekers.

At an average of three vacancies for every such job, this means there are about 511,500 job vacancies in JobStreet.com partner-companies alone.

“With these numbers at hand, the graduating batch should not be scared that there’s no place for them in the corporate world,” the company said in a statement.

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  • Iggy Ramirez

    There is a lot of available jobs but very few are qualified. Most of them have taken the flight out for higher salaries abroad.

    Imagine being one of the best in your field and earning just about P50,000. Deduct 30% tax, that leaves you around P35,000. Apartment rent per month P10,000. Food, P8,000, Transportation, P5,000, Water P1,000, Electric bill P4,000. Cable P1,500. Phone P1,500, Internet P2,000.

    You are left with roughly P2,000 to set aside and save, given the same costs above.

    Whereas if you went abroad, say, you still have the same amount of salary, you save P15,000 on tax. Save P10,000 for apartment, Save P8,000 on food, P5,000 on transportation costs P 1,000 on water bills, P4,000 on electric bills. In total, you keep about P45,000 to yourself. Multiply that by 12 (you get one month paid leave every year), that is a whopping P540,000 if only you care enough to save.

    The only downside is that you need to be away from your family for 11 months of the year.

    • http://twitter.com/hp2184 RJ Legaspi

      I would have to agree the withholding tax in the Philippines is very high. Taxes in some countries in ASEAN are much lower. In Thailand, an individual getting 100K pesos a month would have to pay only 8000 pesos for taxes. 

  • kismaytami

    “Now is the best time…” Duh. I checked with jobstreet how many jobs available in my industry  last November-December 2012 and February-(today) 2013. But there are more vacancies last year than this time. How come that now is the best time?

  • UrHONOR

    WALA bang trabahong abeylabol na….yong pupunta ka na lang sa bagko at magpapapalit ng dolyar?  Bakit tuwing pupunta ako sa bangko ang dami-daming ganun ang trabaho?  Wala na bang opening na ganun?  Abeylabol ako immediately kung meron.  I can make myself available fro interviews at your most convenient and earliest time.  Kahit na part time, pwede ko na ding pagtiyagaan.

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