Employment opportunities in the industry sector accounted for the bulk of job vacancies posted by companies that participated in the 2015 Labor Day job fairs last Friday, 1 May.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday, after the Bureau of Local Employment, one of the DOLE agencies that led the conduct of the job fairs, stated in a report that vacancies for production machine operators was the highest in number at the job fairs, with 14, 398 vacancies; followed by welders, 8,130; sewers/tailors, 1,230; factory/production worker, 1,114; and painters, 650.

“These vacancies are all for local employment and indicates improving quality of jobs,” Baldoz said.

She noted that this is the trend visible in the January 2015 Labor Force Survey, where industry jobs, particularly in manufacturing, are on the uptick.

BLE Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay said in her report that rounding off the top 10 vacancies at the job fairs were those for call center agents, with 1,610 vacancies; office staff/clerks, 1,019; merchandisers, 778; and sales and marketing assistants, 778.

“These jobs are in the services sector, which accounts for the highest number of persons employed based on official data,” Baldoz also observed.

Overseas, the top 10 occupations with the most number of vacancies offered at the job fairs were as follows: construction worker, 11,575; office staff, 4,031; professional nurse, 3,024; domestic worker, 2,414; medical staff, 1,899; hotel and restaurant worker, 1,610; office administrator, 1,500; laborer, 1,357; welder, 1,000; and staff Nurse, 964.

Director Tutay, in the BLE report, also bared the Top 20 job vacancies recently posted at the enhance Phil-Jobnet, the government’s official job search and job matching portal as follows:

Cashier, sales clerk, accounting staff, service crew, merchandiser, cook (general), accounting assistant, accounting clerk, office clerk, accountant (general), production worker/factory worker, civil engineer (general), company driver, data encoder, call center agent, mechanical engineer (general), salesman, electrical engineer (general), electrician (general), and waiter (general).

The labor and employment chief said the BLE continues to monitor the outcome of the 2015 Labor Day job fairs, including the final results of the applications of those considered ‘near-hires’.

“The monitoring of our job fairs will continue for a month and then we will inform our people of the results,” she finally said.

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