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BPO Industry Remains Strongest Job Generator

by: Mary Christine Galang

Friday, July 28, 2017 | Outsourcing News |

More companies are turning online for their recruitment, as evidenced by a 12% increase between May 2016 and 2017 in the latest results of Monster Employment Index (MEI), a monthly gauge of online job-posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer-job opportunity data from career websites and online job listings nationwide.

Monster.com managing director for Asia Pacific and Middle East Sanjay Modi said that the Philippines is set to gain sustainable-employment growth in the year ahead. This is due to a highly stable macro economic environment supported by strong economic structures.

"This is evident from the latest BMI research results which said the Philippines’s business friendliness has made it favorable for investments, production activities and job creation," he said.

"In line with our MEI findings, the Philippine Statistic Authority’s latest data showed the unemployment rate has fallen when compared to the corresponding period from last year," he added.

The MEI results showed the fifth positive annual growth for the country since January of this year, with 106 total job listings last compared, which is higher than the recorded 95 in May last year.

Strongest online hiring growth in the IT-BPO industry

Web-based recruitment continues to enjoy an upward trend, with the internet technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services industry gaining the strongest growth in online hiring.

There was a 30% increase in May 2017, with 138 employments were placed online compared to the 106 posted during the same period in 2016. This is considered as the highest growth industry year-on-year (YoY) increase in web recruitment in May.

According to the MEI's monitored occupation groups, customer-service talents are the most in-demand and most hired, at a 40% YoY growth in May this year from 107 to 150. It was a 10-percent increase from the 30% YoY growth in April of the same year.

It is followed by software, hardware, and telecom, from 106 to 117. Hospitality and travel, healthcare, engineering, real estate, and human resources and administration are recorded to have less occupational demands.

The BPO sector currently employs 1.2 million people and is anticipated to grow to 1.8 million within the next five years, as stated in the Information Technology-Business Process Association of the Philippines Roadmap 2022 report.

The second strongest sectors are logistics, freight, transportation, courier, shipping, import, and export, with an increase of 17% from 108 to 126.

Education has the lowest growth, with negative 3%, from 113 to 110.

On the other hand, the engineering and real-estate sector has a 6-percent decline from 88 to 83 YoY in online hiring in May.

"Being a shining spot in Asia’s economy, it is likely the country has come under the scrutiny of international players who can potentially and rapidly introduce new jobs in a short span of time. Even then, therein lies a need for business owners and employers alike to remain cautious and to always have sufficient plans to cushion potential headwinds," Modi said.

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