100,328 hired on-the-spot in jobs fair

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A TOTAL of 100,328 job seekers were hired on-the-spot (Hots) from the jobs fairs held from January to November this year, according to the Department of Labor and Employments' Statistical Performance Reporting System (SPRS) on Saturday.

The figure is only 16.7 percent of the total 599,474 job applicants, who registered for the jobs fair.

In the first 11 months of the year, the Dole held a total of 1,319 job fairs in all the 16 regions of the country.

The Dole said that less than one in every five that attended jobs fairs held around the Philippines this year have managed to be hired-on-the-spot (Hots).

Dole Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that job fairs remain to be an important tool in helping Filipinos find employment opportunities.

“Job fairs are more viable and economical venues to search for workers and to search for jobs. Besides saving time, effort, and resources, jobseekers can also have the opportunity to apply to as many employers in one venue,” said Baldoz in a statement.

Aside from having participating employers, job fairs being organized also include one-stop-shops to address job applicants’ pre-employment needs, such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Statistics Office (NSO), Pagibig Fund, PhilHealth, and Social Security System (SSS).

According to the SPRS, the number of applicants pale in comparison to the number of jobs being offered by employers to takers.

Numbers showed that there were 2,928,794 job vacancies solicited from 21,399 employers and establishments that participated in the job fairs.

“In majority of DOLE's job fairs, there were more job vacancies than job applicants. Evidently, there are plenty of job vacancies in the country that needed to be filled up,” Baldoz said. (HDT/Sunnex)

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