News : Dole: No Shortage of Jobs in Central Visayas
Cebu City, Philippines, May 22, 2015 -- 690,000 people in Central Visayas are underemployed, data from the Department of Labor and Employment 7 shows.
Dole Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales said the underemployed workforce represents 18.9 percent of the 3.2 million employed persons in the region.
Those that fall under the underemployment classification are workers that are highly skilled but are working in low paying jobs, workers that are highly skilled but work in low skill jobs and part-time workers that would prefer to be full-time.
The unemployed reached 220,000, or 6.4 percent of the 3.4 million people in the labor force.
While this is the case, Gonzales assured there are enough jobs available for the in Central Visayas, citing the BPO boom in the region and growth in other sectors like tourism, manufacturing, and retail.
Gonzales presented these figures in a press conference organized by online job site Mynimo.com last Thursday.
There will be 6,300 jobs made available as Mynimo holds its Happy Job Fair in SM City Cebu Trade Hall.
Of the job postings, 3,800 are overseas while the remaining 2,500 are local jobs.
"Cebuanos do not have to leave the country anymore for high-paying jobs," said Mynimo founder and chief executive officer Wesley Chiongbian. He said companies in Cebu are already offering competitive salaries to their employees, especially the BPOs.
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Topping Mynimo’s job listings are call center agents. But based on the website’s survey, only 51 percent have expressed willingness to work in a call center.
Other top job vacancies in Mynimo include programmers, employees in sales and retail, food services, administration, production, and maintenance.
Gonzales said he hopes at least 15 percent of the Happy Job Fair applicants will be hired on the spot. This would mean the job fair has served its purpose and shows a ready-for-work labor force.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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