These Are The 10 Most Hired Occupations In The Philippines

The Philippines remains one of the strongest emerging economies in Asia as of 2017. Given its 6.4% GDP growth on the first quarter of the year, more job opportunities are expected to come into the country, bringing competitive salaries and better-quality jobs in the market.

This growth also brought innovations in searching for skilled talents.

Professional networking site LinkedIn recently came up with “Recruiting in the Philippines: A Special Report on the Philippines’ Skilled Workforce and How to Attract Top Talent,” providing a comprehensive study on the 10 most hired occupations on the site, and the current in-demand skills these respective industries look for.

Occupation Most in-demand skills
1.    Sales Professional

• Enterprise Software

• Cloud Computing

• Pre-sales

• Channel Partnership

• Solution Selling

2.  Software Developer

• Struts

• Maven



• Java Script

3.  Customer Service Specialist

• Employee Engagement

• Contact Centers

• Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)

• Telesales

• Performance Management

4.  Marketing Specialist

• Customer Marketing

• Trade Marketing

• Competitive Analysis

• Digital Marketing

• Brand Management

5.   Administration Manager

• Performance Management

• Employee Relations

• Recruiting

• Human Resources

• Financial Analysis

6.  Recruiter

• Employer Branding

• Sourcing

• Taleo

• College Recruiting

• Vendor Management

7.   IT Support Specialist

• Unix

• Customer Service

• Technical Support

• Software Development

• Financial Analysis

8.  HR Professional

• Workforce Planning

• Outsourcing

• Succession Planning

• Employer Branding

• Deferred Compensation

9.  IT Consultant

• SAP Implementation

• Data Migration

• Consulting

• SAP Netweaver


10. Accountant

• External Audit

• Sarbanes-Oxley Act

• Financial Audits

• Variance Analysis

• Banking

Why you need to be active on LinkedIn

According to the study, there are over four million professionals in the Philippines on LinkedIn, representing “a range of skills including IT, outsourcing, marketing and sales.”

In 2016 alone, 770,000 professionals in the Philippines were reported to have joined LinkedIn. This rapid growth brought “an increasing number of HR and talent acquisition leaders [who] are turning to the platform for their talent needs.”

Comprising 64% of this are professionals aged between 25 and 35, who make use of LinkedIn to “connect and communicate with their network, seek professional insights, researching people and companies, and searching for new career opportunities.”

Building your LinkedIn profile makes you an ideal candidate for recruiters.

Connecting recruiters and jobseekers

LinkedIn’s growing popularity in the country bridges the gap between employer and jobseeker.

There are “over 19,000 companies in the Philippines [that] are active on LinkedIn.” No longer limited to posting via job search portals like Jobstreet, recruiters are using LinkedIn to connect with a diverse pool of prospects.

Features such as keyword-search allows recruiters to filter and pursue prospects with the skills and requirements fit for the job.

Recruiters can easily send personalized job offer emails to individuals that meet the criteria.

A look at an applicant’s LinkedIn profile can verify their resume and declared skillsets. Discrepancies are considered red-flags.

Skills Endorsements and Recommendations can show the applicant’s level of professional engagement.

Most importantly, professional-looking photos on the profiles make the first impression on recruiters. This goes without saying that LinkedIn is not a place for selfies.

On the other hand, individuals and job seekers can make full use of the site by building keyword-rich LinkedIn Profiles to attract prospective employers.

The site encourages individuals to be more creative in presenting their work experiences and skills, apart from simply uploading their resume.

And while the in-demand skills from the LinkedIn study may sound foreign to some, the site makes it easier to understand these requirements in a way that will benefit their careers. Just as the world of recruiting has changed, members also have the power to use LinkedIn’s unique advantage to learn valuable insights from their network and build a solid profile.