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108 job types 'unfilled' due to jobs mismatch - Baldoz

Manila (7 December) -- At least 108 types of occupations are left unfilled in the country in the midst of high unemployment but jobseekers can take advantage of it given the right career choice, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

"These occupations are currently described as "hard-to-fill" due to the mismatch of jobs and skills, but students can resolve the problem themselves when they pursue those courses or skills that would enable them to fit into these opportunities," Baldoz said.

The top industry which requires a large chunk of workforce is agriculture, which can offer medium to long term employment.

"This (jobs) include agricultural economists, those in animal husbandry, aquaculturists, coconut farmers, entomologists, fruit, vegetable and root crops farmers, fishermen, horticulturists, plant mechanics, rice thresher operator mechanics, veterinarians and pathologists," Baldoz said.

"My advice to students is to consider seriously taking up these courses if they want to get employed quickly," she said.

Other "in-demand" sub-skills under these occupations include such as poultry raiser, livestock raiser/farmer, entrepreneur (animal production), independent farmer (owner/operator in a smaller operation), leading hand, agronomist, aquaculturist, aquaculture farm caretaker, aquaculture farm aide, aquaculture facilities repair and maintenance worker, fish nursery worker, shrimp and fish growout worker, prawn farm cultivator, horticultural farm aide, horticultural farm caretaker, coffee and cacao farmer.

Baldoz said most jobseekers nowadays tend to seek employment in top employment generators such as business process outsourcing (BPO), creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing & logistics, mining and tourism.

The 108 jobs identified is a result of a government project called Project Jobs Fit, which determines jobs that will be in-demand from 2011 to 2016.

The DOLE has embarked on making available labor market information (LMI) down to the grassroots level in a bid to guide the choice of the country's workers in searching for productive opportunities.

The reform calls for disseminating labor market information on new and emerging industries and preferred skills that must be generated per region in the next 10 years.

"We will review the JobsFit Report biennially to analyze labor market trends and to make the data correct for timely and accurate dissemination to the public," Baldoz said.

Baldoz called on incoming college students to take up courses or skills training with the best chances of successfully landing them productive, in-demand jobs in the country's industries after their graduation.

She said to ensure this, jobseekers should have the correct labor market information.

"The first step in accepting this challenge is by browsing Project Jobs Fit in the website of the Bureau of Local Employment, accessible at, which gives labor market information (LMI) on the 108 in-demand occupations in the country's industries from 2010 onward," Baldoz said.(PNA thru PIA 3) [top]

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