MONSTER.COM said online recruiting in the Philippines grew 16% year-on-year in January with growth slowing to 11% in February, with hospitality and health care jobs in greatest demand.

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The online job recruitment site said Thursday that its Monster Employment Index (MEI) for January showed an “impressive” growth rate, with 11 of 12 industries monitored posting growth in hiring in both January and February.
It said demand for hospitality workers, as measured by job postings, grew 33% in January and 25% in February. Health care followed with 26% growth in January and 25% in February. and Middle East CEO Abhijeet Mukherjee said hospitality hiring was driven by government initiatives to improve the tourism sector and the reopening of Boracay after the island’s six month rehabilitation.
“With multiple initiatives and investments to boost tourism, the government is targeting 8.2 million visitor arrivals this year. This increasing influx of tourists, coupled with recent efforts to rehabilitate the popular destination of Boracay Island, makes it highly likely that the hospitality industry will experience steady demand for skilled talent in the near future. In order to sustainably host these tourists, businesses in the industry need to gear up and ensure that their talent needs are efficiently met,” he said.
Also posting growth were the logistics, courier/freight/transportation, import/export and shipping sectors (18% in February); banking, financial services and insurance (15%); and retail (15%).
Education was the only industry that posted declines in both months at minus 16% in January and minus 19% in February. — Gillian M. Cortez