80% of Companies in Philippines to Maintain or Increase Employment Headcount in 2021: Survey

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES
– Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – Professional recruitment services, Michael Page Philippines launched
the Talent Trends 2021 Report, with a
keen eye on the Filipino job market. Data from
the study suggests a growing optimism with 35% of companies in the Philippines looking
to increase their headcounts and 45% maintaining status quo in 2021.

80% of Companies in Philippines to Maintain or Increase Employment Headcount in 2021: Survey

Olly Riches,
Managing Director of Michael Page Indonesia & Philippines

 

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Olly Riches, Managing Director of Michael
Page Indonesia & Philippines
, says,
“We
are seeing positivity increase across the board with regards to recruitment and
hiring in the Philippines. While the country’s e-commerce and logistics sectors
aren’t as developed as other Asia Pacific markets, the traditional consumer
markets have remained robust and are assisting in the economic recovery.”

In
view of the economic demands, the sectors earmarked for highest hiring activity
are e-commerce, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, technology
& telecommunications as well as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).

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According to the report, there is a strong
demand for technology professionals at all levels where companies have adjusted
to the rapidly evolving business landscape, often bringing in external skills
sets to accelerate these changes. Separately, we’re seeing an increase in
hiring across e-commerce particularly within fintech, logistics and consumer
platforms. “Acquiring and retaining high potential talent will be crucial to enable
companies to build sustainable operations to position for future growth,”
observes Olly Riches. 

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According
to the report, 76% of employed technology professionals in the Philippines anticipate
looking for new opportunities in 2021 while another 20% is open to new ones. When
securing a new position, Olly Riches advises
professionals, “Companies are looking for technology hires with proven
capabilities via third-party assessment, as well as those with solid experience
working on different projects.”

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As
a viable option to bridge skill gaps arising from their move to business
recovery in 2021, 56% of companies in the Philippines cited their continued investment in employees by
upskilling the workforce with training while 56% turned to the use of
automation for basic processes.

Filipino
professionals have also been empowered with the wealth of information available
to them when considering a new job offer. 1 in 3 of the study’s respondents
claimed they did extensive research on the company before applying for a job.

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