What has TESDA been doing all these years? That question was first in everyone’s mind when President Duterte talked about a shortage of skilled workers. The role of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is to produce not only able but also apt workers. That is, it must train workers well – in skills that are in demand, to direct trainees into those fields. Duterte rued that lack of master electricians, master carpenters, and master plumbers is delaying “Build, Build, Build” projects. Most such craftsmen no longer are in the Philippines but in the Middle East, he noted. Meaning, the best construction workers are in well-paying jobs overseas, thanks to experience and probably TESDA training. Yet the infrastructure boom there is over and has shifted to maintenance. Employment of builders has tapered off. Most have returned and retired early, raising ducks or running tricycle fleets. TESDA has not churned out second-liners to take over vacancies … [Read more...] about Filipinos untrained, unaware of skills most in demand
Most in demand jobs
Global consulting firm Mercer has identified the eight jobs that companies across the world are most eagerly seeking to fill, as they move into the digital era. “The main agenda of most companies is digitalization and automation for the sake of efficiency and marketing,” Mercer Indonesia career leader Astrid Suryapranata told a press briefing on Thursday. Following this trend toward digitalization, in addition to the jobs that relate to information and technology (IT), companies sought employees who could perform the type of complex work that machines could not do, Astrid added. The eight most in demand job types in the digital era, according to Astrid, are data analysts, product designers, computer and mathematical experts, specialized sales representatives, architects and engineers, senior management, government relations representatives and human resource officers. She said that in Indonesia, companies found it difficult to recruit people for marketing and sales jobs, a … [Read more...] about Eight most-wanted jobs in digital era
SINGAPORE - Singapore hiring is likely to see stable growth in 2019, with top jobs in demand to be analytical and data-driven in nature, according to the latest annual salary survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters. These include data scientists, product management, user experience (UX) designers, and digital roles, with cyber security to remain a major focus, in the wake of recent high-profile cyber attacks in Singapore. The report also found that job movers in Singapore can expect pay increments of 5 per cent to 15 per cent in 2019, and larger hikes can be expected for candidates with specialised skill sets in IT, digital and financial services. Among employers, human resource (HR) professionals with strong experience in HR technologies, as well as talent acquisition professionals for the technology sector will be sought after. Hiring levels for jobs in financial services will also remain positive, with a continued focus on technical and commercial skill sets. Demand will be high … [Read more...] about What will be Singapore’s most in-demand jobs for 2019?
“The Filipino teachers are probably the best teachers in the world. They are not only qualified, equipped with the credentials required by the Teacher’s Council in the case of Thailand, but armed with the most important qualification – the love for teaching and the passion to make their students learn and prepare not only for the university, the industry but to live their lives to the fullest,” says Dr. Robert Galindez, CEO of Saint Robert’s Group of Companies in Thailand. Ranked 15th in the world by the EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Filipinos are sought after to work overseas. Non-English speaking countries like Thailand have been a steady destination of professionals seeking English teaching jobs since late 2000. The Philippine Embassy estimates that there are 17,921 Filipinos, documented and undocumented, in Thailand. But with the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, there have been changes … [Read more...] about Filipino educators in Thailand urge fellow OFWs: Know your rights, seek higher learning
(Reuters Health) - Despite much evidence that getting lots of physical activity bodes well for long-term health, when it's physical labor on the job, the opposite might be true.Researchers found that men whose jobs involve a lot of physical labor are 18 percent more likely to die prematurely than workers who sit at desks most of the day.The analysis looked at data from 17 previous studies examining the link between longevity and activity levels at work, including a total of 193,696 adults followed for an average of almost 20 years. Overall, 29,639 people, or 19 percent, died during the study period."We've known for a while already that physically demanding work can be bad for you," said lead study author Pieter Coenen, an occupational health researcher at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.But the idea that it might drive people to an early grave is relatively new, Coenen said by email.While the study wasn't a controlled experiment designed to prove how activity levels at work … [Read more...] about Physically demanding jobs may shorten men’s lives