As we transition to General Community Quarantine, there is still little chance to have the question #MayOpeningBaDiyan answered as Online job portal JobStreet Philippines recently said that employment opportunities are down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, they reported that business process outsourcing (BPO) companies emerge as the “most resilient” sector when it comes to hiring. It can be recalled that call centers were one of the few sectors allowed to continue its operations.
Statistics show that job postings have decreased by 30 to 50 percent because of the lockdowns imposed in response to the virus.
JobStreet Philippines country manager Philip Gioca stated that the decline in opportunities began its decline last April, causing financial distress to micro, small and medium enterprises in the country.
This event have brought 98 percent of local businesses experience a considerable drop in consumer demand.
Gioca also mentioned that BPOs continue to operate and provide jobs even to those who are underqualified just to meet demand, “They also open up opportunities for those with no experience in many cases because these are candidates that are willing to actually work despite the pandemic.”
Nevertheless, he encouraged job seekers to continue in their pursuit of employment even with this crisis.
“Some companies have paused accepting applications, but many of them remain actively recruiting. So we’d like to encourage jobseekers that there’s a way for them to signal hirers that they are up for urgent hiring,” he added.
Aware of the surge of job hunting come June, JobStreet launched a new feature in #WorkNow to inform prospective employers of a job seeker’s availability to be hired as soon as possible.
Source: One News