Recruitment analyst sees continued demand for HSWs

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Monday, March 24, 2014

WHILE the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) sees highly-skilled workers as being the in-demand sector, recruitment analyst Emmanuel Geslani said the recruiters see otherwise.

According to Geslani, the numbers from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) indicate that household service workers (HSWs) are the ones that are in-demand abroad.

"Domestic workers have been the leading occupational group of deployed new-hire overseas workers for many years now, says POEA data," said Geslani.

He noted the growing number of HSWs in past five years as shown by POEA records from 50,081 in 2008, the number has increased to 71,557 in 2009; 154,535 in 2010; 201,512 in 2011; and 220,260 in 2012.

"The records of 2013 are not yet available but industry sources HSWs will easily surpass 2012 figures with the resumption of HSWs deployment to Saudi Arabia estimated to almost 240,000," said Geslani.

From 2006 to 2012, the top 10 destinations for HSWs were Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore, Italy, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Oman.

Geslani said that this is in contrast to the highly-skilled workers sector deployment, which has dropped from a high of 35 percent or 100,000 of new hires in 2002 to a mere 12 percent or less 58,000 in 2012.

"This mirrors the state of the industrial sector where medium to heavy industries have disappeared a main reason why licensed agencies are able to fill only 40 percent of the more than 500,000 job orders at the POEA," said Geslani.

Geslani said the HSW sector should get the credit in allowing the country to meet the OFW deployment total of last 2013.

Last week, POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac disclosed that the country is likely to meet the 2012 record on OFW deployment, which was the highest in history at 1.8 million. (HDT/Sunnex)

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