Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the Bureau of Local Employment, a bureau of the DOLE, for publishing and making available to policy makers, planners, researchers, students,  jobseekers, and the general public the National Labor Supply-Demand Profile, a comprehensive narrative report on the national supply and demand situation of various wage occupations for the year 2012.

“I am happy that the BLE has produced this report. It is another valuable information and education material that will help in the promotion of employment and in delivering the signals on occupations with serious supply-demand imbalances that need to be addressed,” said Baldoz.

One highlight of the report shows that 433,119 applicants registered for employment assistance in 2012 as against the 425,432 who registered in 2011, or a jump of 1.8 percent.

As to the number of vacancies, the report shows that 505,886 vacancies were solicited in 2012 compared to the 472,673 vacancies in 2011, up by 6.6 percent.

By major occupational group, the Labor Supply-Demand Profile reveals that laborers and unskilled workers accounted for 20.3 percent of the applicants, followed by clerks (19 percent), and service workers and shop and market sales workers at 14 percent. Professional workers, craft and related trade workers, and technicians and associate professionals each share 11 percent of the applicants.

The report also show that applicants in eight occupations out of the top 20 outnumbered the vacancies. These applicants are for the position of nurse, janitor/janitress, welder, electrician, computer technician, saleslady, messenger, and waiter/waitress.

As to job vacancies, the demand for clerks in 2012 was the highest, at 23.3 percent; next was for construction and maintenance laborers/workers at 20.4 percent. The demand for service workers and shop and market sales workers ranked third, at 13 percent, and for farmers, forestry workers, and fishermen, at 10 percent.

Occupations where vacancies outstrip applicants were for call center agents, which recorded 43,079 vacancies as against 15,542 registrants, and for production machine operator, which drew 32,453 job openings versus applicants of only 12,082.

“Basically, the report contains data on labor supply, which are limited to the number of job applicants seeking employment assistance from the country’s network of Public Employment Service Offices, or PESOs,” said BLE Director Dominque Rubia-Tutay.

“On the other hand, the data on labor demand consist only of vacancies solicited by the PESOs and vacancies reported by establishments,” she added.

Thus, Director Tutay cautioned users that the data in the report do not present the entire universe of the labor situation, hence, these may be not conclusive.
The 71-page report is divided into five parts. Part 1 deals with data on job applicants registered by major occupational groups and the top 20 applicants by specific groups.

Part 2 details information on job vacancies solicited or reported by major occupation and the top 20 vacancies by specific occupation.

Part 3, which is very informative, is a situational analysis of supply and demand. It contains comparative data on supply and demand of top 20 applicants. The rest of the report are tables and figures.

said overseas Filipino workers need to be vigilant in dealing with recruitment agencies who require them a variety of documents and charge them with unnecessary, often exorbitant, fees for their overseas employment application.

Baldoz urged policy makers, planners, researchers, students,  jobseekers, and the general public to make use of the National Labor Supply-Demand Profile in their respective field of endeavors.

“The National Labor Supply-Demand Profile is a very useful tool in analyzing the labor market. We must use it to facilitate delivery of labor market information to the Filipino people,” Baldoz said.

(Copies of the 2012 National Labor Supply-Demand Profile can be obtained from the Bureau of Local Employment, Labor Market Information, Research, and Career Guidance Advocacy Division, 6/F BF Condominium, Solana Street cor. Andres Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila, Telephone Nos.: +632 527 2543; +632 527 2539; fax: +632 627 2421; email: [email protected] Also visit www.ble.dole.gov.ph)

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