MANILA (Mabuhay) – There are now 1.3 million job vacancies posted in the government’s online jobs and skills matching portal to guide Filipino workforce to gain new skills and experience in 2014, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a news release Tuesday.
She said with many private employers being accredited in the Phil-JobNet system, the government’s official online job and skill matching portal, the job vacancies reached 1,384,728 from January to November in 2013.
The number of job vacancies posted in 2013 has increased by 21.8 percent compared to 1,137,551 job openings posted during the same period in 2012.
However, the Bureau of Labor and Employment (BLE), the agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assisting job seekers through the Phil-JobNet, noted that there are only 203,639 job seekers who applied for the jobs posted in the Phil-JobNet portal.
“The resulting surplus of decent job opportunities posted by a growing number of accredited employers this year should encourage jobseekers to upgrade their skills and qualify for the available vacancies, especially in the coming year (2014),” said Baldoz.
Most of the job openings are in the services, construction, tourism, as well as Information Technology and Communications (ICT), particularly Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).
The department’s regional offices have also strengthened information campaigns in many local communities about these job vacancies to provide jobs even up to poor barangays.
Baldoz said the BLE accredited 7,443 private employers, an increase of 20.8 percent from the 6,164 employers accredited during the same period last year to post their job openings in the government’s Phil-JobNet portal. The figure also surpassed the total 6,574 employers accredited in the entire 2012.
She said the BLE report showed that registered employers in the Phil-JobNet grew to 11,486, up by 20 percent, from the 10,159 registered employers in the first 11 months of 2012.
Baldoz said there is an increase a 21.8 percent increase in the number of jobs being generated on a monthly basis to 125,884 job openings compared to the monthly average 103,414 monthly job openings posted in 2012.
The largest number of job vacancies in 2013 were posted in the graduation months of April with 158,518 job openings and March 158,272. (MNS)