JobStreet: Opportunities abound for fresh grads with right skills set

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


A FRESH graduate in Cebu can earn up to P23,411 a month, if he can find and qualify for the right job.

According to data provided by JobStreet, fresh graduates in sales and telemarketing earn on average this amount for positions such as inbound sales agents, data verification agents, service advisors and acquisition editors.

Fresh graduates joining companies in hotel management and tourism services are the second highest paid for entry-level jobs, earning an average P21,885 a month.

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Baristas, bakers, deli attendants and creative cooks who fall under food, beverage and restaurant services rank third, earning an average of P18,933 a month.

Customer service representatives are the fourth highest paid job entrants with an
average monthly salary of P18,337 while nurses and medical support assistants round up the top five, earning an average monthly salary of P17,655.

JobStreet Philippines marketing director Yoda Buyco also said that one out of two Cebuano jobseekers would seek out a position from a big and reputable company.

JobStreet's annual salary report was gathered from data provided by employers and jobseekers using their site. The salaries were actual rates employees posted from November 2013 to April this year. Buyco added that these salary rates were for basic salaries alone and excluded other forms of compensation such as leave credits, medical benefits, insurance, commissions, bonuses and other incentives.

Minimum wage

Although the monthly minimum wage in Central Visayas ranges between P7,480 and P8,840, the researchers at JobStreet noted that some specializations allow fresh graduates to receive more than double the amount.

However, majority of employers who post job listings with JobStreet prefer workers with one to four years' experience.

For the whole of 2013, 50 percent of the job postings were for those with at least one year experience. For this first quarter of 2014, this figure was at 56 percent.

Twenty-five percent required fresh graduates or those with less than a year's experience while 13 percent were for supervisors. Only nine percent were for managerial positions while there were no vacancies for CEO, senior vice president or directorial positions last year.

More than 33,000 Cebuanos are actively seeking jobs on the website. They range from 16 years old to 44 years old. About 70 percent are between the age of 20 and 35.

The industries with the most job postings Cebu are in information technology-business process management; transportation and logistics; manufacturing and production; retail and merchandising; and construction and building and engineering.

Specialization

In terms of specialization, the top postings in 2013 were for fields in finance and general cost accounting; customer services; sales and retail; marketing and business development; and computer and IT software. For the first quarter of this year, the same fields had the top postings but they were joined by logistics and the supply chain.

Buyco said that Cebu's results were similar to the national results, with differences of about 10 to 20 percent in the salaries. She said that Cebu basically offered what most of the country had but at a lower salary range than what is offered at the National Capital Region because of a lower cost of living.

While the highest paid job for a managerial level position went for an average of P74,000 nationwide, the average for Cebu was at P66,374.

Junior executives get paid between P39,900 and P28,242 in the fields of corporate finance and merchant banking; IT computer and software; quality control and assurance;

banking and financial services; and technical and helpdesk support.

For supervisors, the top fields are in computer software; quality control and assurance; computer network systems and database administration; purchasing, inventory and warehouse management; and customer service. They have a salary range of P34,386 to P49,220.

Cebuano managers get offered salaries from P45,828 to P66,374 in the fields of customer service; banking and financial services; engineering; corporate strategy and top management; and general and cost accounting for finance.

Buyco, though, said that since their data is taken from the posts of their users, there are industries and sectors that may not be represented. She added that most of the postings are for white collar and jobs requiring skills and that they still haven't penetrated the market for laborers.

They want to expand their reach to this market though, noting the country's high unemployment rates despite the good performance of the economy.

Buyco hopes that more jobseekers will consider using online job portals, noting the more cost-efficient process. She said that rather than making multiple copies of resumés and spending on travel to look for jobs, using their site is free for job hunters.

She also announced that postings for internship positions will be offered for free and that there are currently 520 positions available for interns.

To address mismatches, Buyco said they have added filters to make sure employers and jobseekers meet the requirements they want such as skills sets, location, salary range and work hours.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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