Jobstreet releases salary report 2016: Which jobs pay fresh grads the highest?

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Jobstreet releases salary report 2016: Which jobs pay fresh grads the highest?
(UPDATED) Find out how much fresh graduates earn on average, according to Jobstreet

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On March 15, Tuesday, Jobstreet released their Fresh Graduate Salary Report, which shared their information on which jobs pay fresh graduates the highest.

According to their report, the top 3 jobs with the highest average montly salaries are IT-related work, jobs that have to with statistics, and legal services.

The average salaries for fresh graduates reportedly increased by 9% since 2014.

Jobstreet’s findings are based on the jobs posted on their website from October to December 2015, and their 24,000 employer partners.

According to Jobstreet, these specializations pay fresh graduates the highest:

  • IT-related – P22,567 (0.3% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: computer technician, web administration staff
  • Actuarial/statistics – P21,391 (7.4% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: workforce associate, operations review analyst
  • Law/Legal services – P21,132 (0.8% decrease since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: legal clerk, contract analyst
  • Healthcare-related – P20,048 (1.8% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: medical technologiest, nursing aide
  • Journalist/editor – P19,808 (12.3% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: multilingual content writer, foreign language translator
  • Training and development – P19,723 (28.4% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: content developer, communications coach
  • Quality control/assurance – P19,337 (19.8% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: technical services assistant, quality assurance tester
  • Public relations/communications – P19,242 (7.7% increase since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: publicity associate, media assistant
  • Merchandising – P19,095 (42.5% increase since 2014) 
    • Sample jobs: department store section officer, merchandise planning analyst
  • Customer service-related – P19,036 (0.2% decrease since 2014)
    • Sample jobs: junior technical support analyst, chat support representative

Among the 10 top paying jobs for fresh grads, 3 are new: training and development, quality assurance, and merchandising.

In turn, 3 were dropped from the list, namely, the arts/graphic design, agriculture, and banking/financial services.

As part of their report, Jobstreet also showed which jobs fresh graduates were most hired for in 2015. These are their findings:

  • Call center/IT-enabled services/business process outsourcing (BPO) – 149,753 graduates. 57% of jobs for fresh grads come from the BPO industry, and 6 out of 10 of jobs in BPO are offered to fresh grads.
  • Retail/merchandise – 8,131 graduates
  • Property/real estate – 5,167 graduates
  • Manufacturing/production – 4,388 graduates
  • Food and beverage/catering/restaurant – 4,030 graduates
  • Banking/financial services – 3,676 graduates
  • Construction/building/engineering – 2,759 graduates
  • Telecommunication – 2,719 graduates
  • General and wholesale trading – 1,779 graduates
  • Computer/information technoogy (software) – 1,667 graduates
  • Others – 77,980 graduates

Jobs that were advertised to fresh graduates increased by 32% in 2015, compared to 2014.

Salary might be one of the biggest considerations in looking for a job, but Jobstreet’s fresh graduate survey found that most employers disliked applicants who were overly conscious of their salaries or had unreasonable demands when it came to their salaries.

As such, they suggest that new graduates use the data provided as a base for realistic salary expectations.

For those who will be looking for jobs soon, Jobstreet also found that it’s best for fresh graduate applicants to highlight their internships, extra-curricular activities, part-time jobs, grades, and the school they graduated from in their applications.

Jobstreet Philippines country manager Philip Gioca also advised that you sharpen your sub-skills aside from your specialization, as the market is becoming more competitive.

Are you graduating soon? Is salary a big factor in your choice of job? Let us know in the comments! –

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Vernise Tantuco

Vernise Tantuco is on Rappler's Research Team, fact checking suspicious claims, wrangling data, and telling stories that need to be heard.