The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) bares the top job-generating industries and occupation groups according to the latest report by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE). The BLE report, published on its biennial publication Job Ads (January 2013 issue), utilized information on job posts during a 6-month period (January to June 2012), from classifieds section of two leading newspapers in the Philippines and the government-maintained online job portal, Phil-JobNet.
According to the BLE Job Ads, the top 5 job-generating industries are as follows:
- Construction – 1,185 vacancies (35%)
- Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods – 727 (22%)
- Real Estate, Renting, and Business Activities – 479 (14%)
- Electricity, Gas and Water Suppl – 178 (5%)
- Manufacturing – 147 (4%)
BLE Job Ads also report on the top job-generating occupation groups:
- Trades and Related Workers – 2,552 (30%)
- Technicians and Associate Professionals – 1,881(22%)
- Professionals - 1,546 (18%)
- Clerks – 642 (8%)
- Service Workers and Shop and Market Sales Workers – 544 (6%)
Most of these job postings are largely based overseas with 2,070 vacancies or 62% and 38% or 1,277 vacancies in domestic-based industries or occupation groups.
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In connection with these findings, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz encourage high school students to give themselves to go out of the box in choosing a college course, and eventually a career path.
“Deciding on a career path may seem daunting at first, but it is a whole lot easier when you give yourself a lot of options. While a lot of people look to others to determine their career paths—teachers, parents, neighbors and peers, I suggest you go out of the box,” Baldoz said.
“I advise you to refrain from choosing courses based on what’s in vogue or fashionable, or, to use the popular social lingo of the youth, what’s ‘trending’.Study the labor market demand and, from there, realize your strengths, acquire new skills, muster the courage to step up, and land the career that’s right for you,” she added.
As the school year ends, the government anticipates the thousands of high school students who are about to graduate, many of whom dream to continue to college or university and join the labor market after.
Read the BLE Job Ads January 2013 issue below (source: www.ble.dole.gov.ph):