Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said job openings posted by both local private and overseas employers in the government’s premiere job and skills matching facility, the Phil-JobNet system have climbed to 138,321, indicating a strong showing of the labor market in the run-up to the last quarter of the year.

“At the weekend, the Phil-JobNet tallied 138,321 vacancies, outstripping the 124,358 applicants who have registered in the online facility. This means the labor market is vibrant and strong,” said Baldoz.

As this developed, Baldoz reminded the DOLE’s regional offices in the country’s 16 regions of her standing directive for them to intensify their campaign among private employers to post their job vacancies in the Phil-JobNet.

“As you pursue our commitment to provide job seekers access to new employment opportunities, vacancies are bound to be on the upswing as the year draws to a close. You must continue to strengthen your cooperation with employers so they will source their human resource needs from the Phil-JobNet,” she said.

To job seekers, Baldoz urged them to avail of these online jobs by registering in the online facility, saying vacancies shall remain available and accessible in the job search and job matching portal for a minimum period of only one-week (for the “hot jobs”) to a maximum of one month for the top 50 vacancies.

Baldoz cited the report of Director Dominique Tutay of the Bureau of Local Employment which said majority of the jobs posted in the Phil-JobNet are not only for local employment, but also for abroad.

Locally, jobs posted in the Phil-JobNet indicate the robust labor market, said Baldoz, while those abroad show the strong preference by employers for Filipino workers.

She noted that the Phil-JobNet in January attained a high mark of 268,278 vacancies. “The number of vacancies in the online portal adjusts based on labor supply and demand.”

The 20 hot jobs available in the system during the week were for factory workers, 6,232 vacancies; call center agents, 5,116; household service workers for overseas, 4,356; sales clerks, 2,033; welders, 1,941; household attendants for overseas, 1,846; cashiers, 1,561; salesmen, 1,511; cleaners for overseas, 1,330; technical support staff, 1,258; general masons for both local and overseas; 1,202; computer operators, 1,151; sales coordinators, 1,142; sales representatives, 1,050; accounting clerks, 996; general carpenters, 951; salesladies, 925; civil engineers, 860; production helpers, 802; and room attendants, 802.

Baldoz noted that the active participation of private sector job banks, which link in their sites the Phil-Jobnet, is contributory to increasing access to online job opportunities all over the country. These private sector job banks include JobStreet.com.ph which has 29,921 job vacancies and JobsDB.com with 100,265 vacancies during the reporting period.

She also encouraged prospective employers to match their needs for appropriate skills using the Phil-JobNet, saying the facility has a bank of skills-for-hire posted by skilled workers looking for employers.

“Skills-for-hire”, the labor chief explained, “is a special feature of the Phil-JobNet which is similar to the “yellow pages”. It is a place where skilled persons and own-account workers advertise their skills and services in the hope employers will consider and hire them.

As of date, there are 8,624 skills-for-hire in the Phil-JobNet. The Phil-JobNet also updates browsers on the schedule of job fairs all over the country.

Any question about this release? Please call the BLE at tel. no. 527-2453, or access the Phil-JobNet at www.phil-job.net.

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