60,000 vacancies on Phil-Jobnet this Summer

A February 16, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterdar noted that job vacancies posted in the Phil-Jobnet system, the Philippines’s main jobs portal in the Internet, had topped the 60,000 mark as of February 14.

“There are 62, 156 job vacancies posted and over 7,000 skills-for-hire of all types in the Phil-Jobnet as of February 14, and these boost the chance of jobseekers, together with graduating college students, to land employment this summer,” Baldoz said.

She credited the increase in jobs posted in the system to the country’s employers who, because of the buoyant economy, may have now the need for more workers.

The labor and employment chief also attributed the increase to the DOLE’s aggressive labor market information drive, particularly on the efficacy of the Phil-Jobnet as a job-worker matching mechanism.

Baldoz, thus, encouraged anew the country’s youth, including students, out-of-school youth, and even drop-outs to avail of the opportunities offered by the system. She also urged them to pursue, acquire, and improve their skills to increase their employment prospects.

Baldoz expressed the determination of the DOLE, in cooperation with industries and its tripartite partners, to increase both the quantity and quality of skills training and skills upgrading that it offers.

In a report to Baldoz, Director Maria Criselda R. Sy of the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) said that local opportunities for skilled workers continue to comprise the majority of vacancies posted in the Phil-Jobnet system, while the overseas job opportunities comprise the minority.

The BLE chief said that for the period 7 to 14 February, 17 of the top 20 “hot jobs” in the Phil-Jobnet are local while the rest are foreign ones.

Of the 17 “hot jobs” or occupation, most are for the position of machinist (with 10,010 vacancies); followed by accounting clerk (3,138); customer service assistant (3,004); welder (1,060); electrical machine operator (1,000); pharmacist (605); call center agent (510); forklift operator (404); service crew (230); human resource development clerk (223); production machine operator (218); salesman (216); sales clerk (212); janitor (202); HRD assistant (202); production worker/ factory worker (200); production planner (200); die-cut operator (200); merchandiser (150); delivery driver (120); mechanical engineer (117); and data encoder (102).

For overseas, the “hot jobs” posted are for the position of nurse (200), mechanical engineer (117), and domestic helper (350).

On the other hand, the top skills among the 7,210 skills-for-hire are for service crew (2,606); production worker/factory worker (2,409); production machine operator (2,342); cashier (2,256); sales clerk (1,715); saleslady (1,054); staff nurse (950); data encoder (944); office clerk (821); bagger (570); production helper (486); merchandiser (481); waiter (412); welder (383); call center agent (383); computer technician (382); checker (341); customer service assistant (305); salesman (278); security guard (275); machine tool operator (255); and others.

(The Phil-jobnet is accessible 24/7 worldwide in the Internet through the URL http://phil-job.net.)