OVERSEAS job opportunities increased in 2018, with Middle East taking the spot as the top region of careers for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
Overseas jobs board WorkAbroad.ph launched its 2019 Jobs and Salary report on Tuesday and reported that overseas employers posted more job listings for the most part of 2018.
WorkAbroad.ph Marketing Lead Paola Savilo said in a briefing on Tuesday, “Overseas hirers posted a total of 137,243 job listings from January to October 2018. This is up 21% compared to 2017,which had 113,545.”
By region, Ms. Savilo added, “76.28% are in Middle East; 11.90% in the Asia-Pacific; 7.59% are in North America; and 4.22% are in Europe, Africa and elsewhere.”
Saudi Arabia was the top country for OFW deployment with 46% of the total job listings or 62,831 jobs. Other Middle Eastern countries were also among the top potential destinations for OFW with 17,583 listings in Qatar; 9,533 in the United Arab Emirates; 5,321 in Kuwait; 4,447 in Oman; and 3,329 in Bahrain.
Other countries with the most job ads in WorkAbroad.ph were the US (9,634), New Zealand (2,076), Malaysia (1,735),and Australia (1,524).
The Jobs and Salary Report said that the most in-demand specializations in the Middle East are Health care, Engineering, and General Work (drivers electricians, and cleaners). Jobs in the health care sector have the largest monthly salary with starting pay at P47,000 to P70,000.
Top jobs in the Asia Pacific are in Engineering, General Work and Manufacturing/Production. WorkAbroad.ph reported that IT, Education and Marketing/Business Development professions offer the highest monthly salary at P50,000 to P65,000.
Meanwhile, the United States topped demand for sea-based careers. Seamen and ship engineering jobs were listed at P68,000 to P81,000 a month. For land-based jobs, the top careers are Engineering, General Work, and Food/Beverage/Restaurant Service. — Gillian M. Cortez