Saw a recent advertisement in a Filipino newspaper about a Job Fair being offered recently for those seeking jobs in the Philippines, Filipino jobs or those living in the Philippines seeking jobs overseas. Here's what some of the recruiters were looking for: financial executives, area sales managers, operations managers, accounting generalists, HR supervisors, system engineers, performance maximization managers, management trainees, front desk specialists, nurses, quality assurance specialists, telemarketers and sales representatives, admin assistants, architects, industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, network administrators, IT technicians, programmers, data encoders, customer service representatives, credit and collection, billing assistant, courier, operations agent, recruitment analysts, receptionists, accountant, store managers, librarians, agent sales coordinators, and call center agents.
Some of the big guns looking for employees were IBM, Citibank, Smart, AEGIS, Teleperformance, and Intelnet Impact, among others. Sounds similar to what one would find advertised for job fairs in the States. Quite a long list of jobs that employers are seeking to fill, but just what is the state of unemployment in the Philippines? One online source, the NSO, National Statistics Office of the Philippines, reports it was only 7.10 % in October 2010 down from recent years where . I am certainly no statistical authority, but I doubt those figures are even close to being accurate. So I dug a little deeper in my research, and found an article in the December 16, 2010 edition of the PhilSTAR.com that put it all in perspective for me.
The PhilSTAR reports that one in four adults in the Philippines are jobless or are looking for more work according to data released by the National Statistics (that's more like 25% unemployment in my books.) The rate of underemployment – representing people working less than 40 hours a week and looking for fuller employment – jumped to 19.6 percent in October 2010, compared with 19.4 percent a year earlier and 17.9 percent in July. The official figures also understate the employment problems in the Philippines, where a third of the population lives in poverty.
Although 61.2 million of the Philippines’ 95 million people are aged 15 and over, the statistics agency said just 39.3 million could be considered part of the labor force, with many others not even looking for work. However, officials of the Department of Labor and Employment, say that the NSO data on employment showed an improving job situation. “Based on the October 2010 Labor Force Survey, there has been a decline in the number of people belonging to the so-called vulnerable employment or the informal workers,” DOLE’s Communication Office director Nicon Fameronag said.
The NSO labor force survey, done in October, showed that a majority or 63.8 percent of the total 36.5 million employable Filipinos were in full-time employment while 35 percent were on part-time employment. There were more unemployed males (63.3 percent) than females (36.7 percent). Almost half (49.3 percent) of the unemployed were in age group 15-24 years. 33.3 percent of the unemployed were high school graduates, more than one-fifth or 22.9 percent were college undergraduates, while 19.4 percent were college graduates.
So are there many Philippines jobs out there? Well, if there are, it sure looks they are still a huge amount of unemployed people. And don't forget that age discrimination is openly practiced in the Philippines. My 39-year-old brother-in-law, Joery, that lives at "The Compound" is too old for most jobs advertised in the Philippines. And that's too bad because he's a good worker. But a lot of people just shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, that's how it is in the Philippines." That's a shame.