Overseas employment prospects in Middle East, Asia, and Oceania remains bright—DOLE

Date Posted: January 17th, 2014 02:10 AM


Overseas employment prospects in Middle East, Asia, and Oceania remains bright—DOLE With the global recognition and respect for the skills and competencies of a Filipino worker, the overseas labor markets of the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania continue to be a viable option for the Filipino jobseekers. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday made the announcement after receiving a report of the 2014 overseas employment market projection from Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac. In his report, Cacdac analysed global economic outlook of the two regional labor markets which will generate the need for more Filipino professional, skilled, and unskilled workers. “The Middle East will remain to be a major labor market for OFWs in 2014,” the report stated as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) embarks on multi-billion infrastructure and construction projects in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, particularly projects which addresses social needs as labor; housing and education; health, transportation, and energy. About 1 million workers for construction and hotel and health care sectors will be needed as Qatar hosts FIFA World Cup in 2022 with a projected expenditure of US$125 billion in infrastructure projects. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will still depend on migrant workforce for low cost labor mostly in domestic service and construction sectors as it embarks in projects in construction, energy, hotel, and transportation sectors. Health and allied medical professionals will be in demand as Israel’s needs for caregivers increase due to its ageing population. Iraq health sector needs 7,000 nurses while the government hospitals in Kurdistan need nurses and doctors in 2014. Health workers are also needed in Japan. However, there is a stiff competition between Filipino caregivers and other nationalities for the Israel caregiver market. There are no pronouncements regarding job opening for foreign workers in other sectors of the country. “East Asia is faced by an ageing population and labor force growth is projected to be flat during the next decade, notably in China and the Republic of Korea, where the increase in workforce will slow down to 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively, until 2020,” Cacdac stated in his report. Based on recent Philippine Overseas Labor Office and embassy/consulate reports, there is a higher probability of employment in the following countries: Filipino teachers can also find employment in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Japan. China also needs; information technology workers and related technical fields; designers; architects; and engineers. Major restaurants and hotels hire Filipino entertainers and bands. Brunei will still hire Filipino workers. However, localization program where certain jobs are reserved only for local workers may affect employment opportunities for the Filipinos. Foreign companies, particularly in the oil and gas sectors, are also required to train local workers so they may be able to work in the said sectors. There are employment opportunities for OFWs in furniture design; highway and railway construction; food services, agri and aqua culture; and entertainment and hospitality sectors in India while the opening and construction of new hotel-casinos, as well as its plans of improving its medical facilities and construction of University of Macau will post a demand for foreign skilled-workers in Macau. Engineers, construction consultants, supervisors, technical experts, and quality control specialists are needed in Vietnam’s infrastructure developments. Korea’s Employment Permit System (EPS) continues to offer employment opportunities for production workers and deployment is expected to be higher with the implementation of the re-entry scheme for qualified returnees. Reconstruction efforts in Christchurch, New Zealand present a need for skilled workers and professional as long-term skills shortage is seen in 128 occupations in 10 sectors such as agriculture and forestry; education, engineering, finance and business, health and social services, information and communication technology, electronics and telecommunications, tourism, science, trades and transport. The same holds true in Australia. On the other hand, Cacdac also identified other factors and developments that might affect OFWs’ employment opportunities. Among them is the volatile peace and order situation in the Middle East region and the weak global demand for the Asian region’s export-oriented industries which is expected to result to a slowdown in employment growth in manufacturing. OFWs in Taiwan continue to face problems on excessive charging of placement fees and Filipino seafarers face competition from seafarers of other labor-supplying countries such as Myanmar, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam whose salaries are lower than the Filipinos. “Those interested may visit the POEA website for any developments on these job opportunities abroad. May I once again remind everyone to be very cautious in all their dealing related to overseas employment. Make sure that you are doing business with legitimate and POEA-licensed recruitment agencies,” the labor chief advises prospective OFWs. “As much as we are glad that there is a high demand for Filipino workers worldwide, this is just one of the options that a Filipino jobseeker can choose from. Local job opportunities abound. It’s just a matter of choosing the right job that matches your skills and competencies,” Baldoz explains, adding that: “Overseas employment gives our workers the chance to learn additional skills which they can pass on once they return home. The technology-transfer is just one of the perks of sending our workers abroad, aside from the remittances that contribute much to the country’s economy. However, we do encourage them to return and invest in the country so that more job will be generated that more people can benefit from”. End/rhev

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