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Jobs Are On the Rise in These 9 Industries in the Philippines

Here are some useful trends for jobseekers and investors.
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In 2020, we saw unprecedented changes in the workforce. Organizations streamlined their business functions, causing layoffs. Others revamped, resulting in a rising demand for professionals with a diverse set of skills.

As people started working remotely, demand for digital and soft skills increased. Employers shifted from hiring people based on credentials to hiring people based on their skills.

Jobs on the Rise in the Philippines

According to LinkedIn, the following industries in the Philippines are seeing a rise in demand for jobs, particularly because these industries were able to adapt well to the pandemic. 

  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Education
  • Digital Marketing Specialists
  • E-commerce
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Healthcare and Medical Support
  • Customer Service Roles
  • Supply Chain

“This list of jobs on the rise demonstrates that there are still opportunities for job seekers with a range of skills and experience. By adopting a lifelong learning mindset, and being open to picking up new skills through various courses—for example, courses on digital skills or soft skills—workers can prepare themselves to take up these emerging roles,” said Frank Koo, LinkedIn's head of Asia for talent and learning solutions.

One common and overarching trend noticed among the roles on the list is that most roles can be conducted remotely. Globally, remote job opportunities on LinkedIn have increased four times since June 2020. Professionals with digital skillsets will find themselves at an advantage in seeking employment opportunities within these fields. 

Trends for Jobseekers and Investors

If you are a professional whose job is affected by the pandemic or an investor seeking to take advantage of rising industries, take note of the following market trends. 

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1| Consumers in the Philippines have gone increasingly digital.

COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of digital platforms in the region. Technology has allowed people to work, stay connected to their loved ones, and fulfill their daily needs like groceries, from the comfort of their own home. In fact, one in three digital service consumers in Southeast Asia was new to the service. Ninety-four percent of these new digital users are likely to stick with the service moving forward.

Demand for workers with tech skills is expected to remain, from specialized engineers to cybersecurity talent and data analysts. 

Relevant jobs include data analyst roles, software and technology roles, cybersecurity roles, technology, and engineering roles.

 

2| Brands have found new ways to connect with consumers, leading to a rise in demand for digital marketers and content creators.

The shift online throughout Southeast Asia has brought about an evolution in how brands communicate with their consumers. LinkedIn’s data shows a 48-percent increase in companies posting on the platform in June 2020, compared to a year earlier. This has led to growth in demand for digital marketers (professionals who seek to engage consumers effectively online) and digital content creators (those who are able to produce entertaining content across a range of channels).

Relevant roles include digital content specialist roles, public relations roles, and digital marketing specialist roles.


3| E-commerce boomed in 2020, leading to the rise of various sectors.


In 2020, while online travel and transport services suffered, e-commerce, online media, and food delivery services surged. The roles created by this boom do not require traditional educational degrees or advanced technological skills.

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The rise of e-commerce, for example, is fueling more demand in logistics for warehouse skilled talent. These are the roles that may be filled by professionals of varying skills and experience. In fact, globally the majority of people who fill these roles often come from non-emerging jobs. 

4| Traditional roles have evolved as a result of COVID-19.

In 2020, jobs that were traditionally conducted in-person shifted online. For example, there was significant growth in digital lending, education, and health-tech services. This is unsurprising, as 70 percent of Southeast Asia is now online.

Those in these sectors need to have mastered the basics of technology, from communication tools to social media platforms and basic office software. With these skills, workers will find that more opportunities will open up for them.

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