Most Filipinos open to new skills as pandemic changes work landscape – JobStreet

Aika Rey
Most Filipinos open to new skills as pandemic changes work landscape – JobStreet


Filipino workers who are willing to be retrained say they want to 'stay competitive'

At least 77% of Filipinos are open to learning new skills for a different job to be employed, a survey by hiring giant JobStreet showed.

JobStreet’s Decoding Talent Survey found that only 1% of Filipinos were not willing to be retrained.

The rest are open to it “if necessary.”

The percentage of those open to retraining is even higher among those without formal education, at 82%.

In terms of age group, 81% of people 31 to 40 years old are willing to learn new skills.

Jobstreet Global Talent Survey Report 3

According to the report, workers who responded that they are willing to be retrained said they want to “stay competitive” in the job market.

JobStreet noted that the need for job security is heightened during the coronavirus pandemic. Globally, fear of COVID-19 has forced industries to make their employees work from home.

“Job roles are transforming faster than ever and both hirers and candidates must understand the need for upskilling for them to be more competitive and employable, respectively,” said JobStreet Philippines country manager Philip Gioca.

The survey also found that learning preferences among Filipino workers are still “traditional” with on-the-job training at 70%, followed by those who self-study at 63% and conferences or seminars at 56%.

The latest report was released in May, but only launched to the media on Monday, July 19.

Job to Cart

On Monday, JobStreet also launched Job to Cart, an event which is eyed to make work applications as “easy as online shopping.”

The event, which features 73,000 job vacancies, will run from July 26 to 30. Here are the events per day:

  • Day 1 – Luzon jobs
  • Day 2 – Visayas and Mindanao jobs
  • Day 3 – Entry-level jobs
  • Day 4 – Overseas opportunities
  • Day 5 – Government support and services

Job seekers can register for the event through JobStreet’s microsite.

JobStreet will also host live shows on Facebook, to be headlined by Reese Lansangan, The Juans, and Fighting Monday.

During the live events, job candidates can directly reach out to hirers for questions about postings, said Ryan Tordesillas, JobStreet senior sales manager for small and medium enterprises.

Tordesillas also reminded applicants to be prepared, as on-the-spot interviews could happen. – Rappler.com

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.