Dole: 1.1M workers not regular

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


OVER 1.1 million workers in the country can be considered non-regular workers, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) – Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

Based on the Dole Statistics on Non-Regular Workers, a total of 1.149 million are employed as non-regular workers in more than 7,000 business establishments surveyed across over the country as of the payroll period June 30, 2012.

The number is less than one-third or 30.5 percent of the 3.769 million total workforce in the surveyed establishments.

The study showed that administrative and support service industry was found to be the biggest employer of non-regular workers after absorbing 299,089 workers (26 percent), including those in the business process outsourcing and call centers.

Other top employers of non-regular workers are in the manufacturing industry with 274,014 (23.9 percent); construction with 133,582 (11.6 percent); and wholesale and retail trade with 109,005 (9.5 percent).

Meanwhile, industries found to have the lowest proportion of non-regular workers are in financial and insurance activities with 13,133 (7.6 percent); electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply with 5,978 (8.3 percent); and human health and social work activities with 15,222 (13.1 percent).

The study also categorized non-regular workers into casual workers (work is not usually necessary and desirable to the business); contractual/project-based (employment for specific undertaking with determined termination); seasonal work (work is influenced by seasonal factors); probationary work (work on trial period to determine if qualified for regular job); and apprentice (work covered by apprenticeship agreements with employers).

The study showed that contractuals form the largest number of non-regular workers with 600,764 (52.3 percent); followed by probationary laborers with 260,260 (22.7 percent); and casuals with 202,472 (17.6 percent).

On the other hand, seasonal workers and apprentices were only found to be minimal as they only have a combined total of 85,068 (7.4 percent).

The study, which was conducted from 2011 to 2012, involved a total of 7,061 business establishments with at least 20 workers across the country.

Labor groups have been calling for the elimination of non-regular work in the country, saying it violates worker rights due to absence of benefits and right to organize. (HDT/Sunnex)

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