Amid a positive job opportunity forecast for the country in 2018, this year’s influx of job hunters are expecting to encounter a more competitive season of application and hiring, according to JobStreet.com
The job search platform’s Job Outlook Report for the current year said that job candidates worry about their bids to landing the position, citing the possibility of “increased competition in their fields and diversification of skills and jobs”.
Nevertheless, the seekers’ average outlook optimism of 4.68 on a 7-point scale was retained for this year. Employers, on the other hand, generated a 5.01 rating.
These were revealed alongside the survey’s results on the increased volume of job opportunities anticipated to welcome candidates, seen to be active in job seeking for 2018.
“95 percent of Philippine companies claim to be expanding, hiring more personnel, and maintaining their hiring rate, while 88 percent of talents will be either monitoring the job market or applying for jobs in 2018”, JobStreet.com said.
Such are believed to have influenced the said optimism ratings.
“While more candidates see themselves to be more participative in the job market this year, companies are also foreseeing robust hiring activity, which means the competition to attract and retain top talent will be more vigorous”, said Philip Gioca, JobStreet.com Philippines Country Manager.
It was also pointed out that the increase in job postings reflect “confidence among employers”. Opportunities are also boosted by the growth in “the top three hiring industries”, namely, “call center/IT-enabled services, retail, and manufacturing”, stated in the platform’s article.
One of the reasons seen for the increased activity in job searching is the range of benefits given to employees — preferred benefits are not offered by their current employers, according to JobStreet.com
“What will make or break employers this year is how attentive and primed they are to address the emerging needs of employees”, Gioca added.