Job market prospects bright

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    Job market appears rosy for the year as more firms begin to increase hiring.

    In a report, online portal Jobstreet said total jobs in the market declined by 30 percent in 2020 versus 2019, but has shown signs recovery with job posts registering an average growth of +3 percent versus the second quarter when the lockdown was in place
    Jobastreey added October to December 2020 findings point to a more optimistic direction as jobs increased by 5 percent versus that of first quarter, a trend that will surely carry over to the current year.

    “2021 is looking to be more optimistic as opportunities grew in the wake of 2020,” the report said.

    The findings are based on the 12.9 million candidates registered on its portal whose running tri-month average is 6.3 million page views, 2.3 million unique visitors and 72 million total page views.

    The report said job opportunities in business process outsourcing, call center and information technology-enabled services increased towards the end of 2020 despite a sluggish performance during the year compared with 2019.

    Job openings were also high in government / defense and human resources and consulting, education, computer/IT software.

    The National Capital Region comes out as the top location of active jobseekers, followed by CALABARZON and Central Visayas.

    While the top 10 specializations were mostly mainstay, the aviation and aircraft maintenance saw a 179 percent increase, and succeeded by finance. With the re-opening of dining and retail establishments and the slow re-introduction of the domestic tourism market in late fourth quarter, there was an upward spike in merchandising and food and beverage service.

    But Jobstreet said aside from the usual transferable skills that candidates have on hand, there are additional key skills that candidates should have and for hirers to consider: adaptability; continuous learning, emotional intelligence, creative thinking and self-management.