Occupational Shortages and Surpluses: 2015-2016…Statistics on Job Vacancies (Fourth of a series)

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Friday, July 13, 2018
This LABSTAT Updates is the fourth in a series of reports that presents the highlights of the results of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) module entitled Occupational Shortages and Surpluses. Conducted every two years, the ISLE is a nationwide sample survey covering agricultural and non-agricultural establishments with 20 or more workers. The latest survey, 2015/2016 ISLE, covered 12,926 establishments. 
The indicator for employment by occupation comprises statistics on job vacancies classified according to major groups as defined in the 2012 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC). This version of the PSOC distinguishes 10 major groups: (1) Managers; (2) Professionals; (3) Technicians and associate professionals; (4) Clerical support workers; (5) Service and sales workers; (6) Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers; (7) Craft and related trade workers; (8) Plant and machine operators and assemblers; (9) Elementary occupations; and (10) Armed forces occupations.  This issue presents statistics on job openings or vacancies that were made available for placements by establishments during the 18-month period covering January 2015 to June 2016 specifically for Technicians and associate professionals.
Job vacancies specific for technicians and associate professionals
The number of vacant positions specific for technicians and associate professionals was estimated at 83,340 or 11.93 percent of the total job vacancies posted for all occupations (698,683) from January 2015 to June 2016.  
By sector, about two-thirds of the total job vacancies were recorded in the services sector (66.8%) during the period. Industry sector had 32.8 percent while agriculture, forestry and fishing took the remaining 0.4 percent of the total job openings. (Figure 1)
Across major industry group, manufacturing posted the largest number of vacancies at 29.4 percent, followed by administrative support services activities and wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles with a share of 28.2 and 17.0 percent, respectively.  For the remaining industries, each had less than 10 percent share of the total vacancies for technicians and associate professionals. (Table 1 and Figure 2)
By major group of occupations, job openings were most observed in business and administration associate professionals at 39 percent of the total vacancies during the period. This was followed by science and engineering associate professionals (34%); and information and communication technicians (18%). 
More job openings for Commercial Sales Representatives 
As for the specific occupations, half of the total vacancies for the group of technicians and associate professionals were comprised of commercial sales representatives (19.6%); and information and communications technology user support technicians (17.4%). All other notable job openings in various occupations in this group had less than 10 percent share each (Table 2).
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