Top-paying jobs in the Philippines employ less than 1 percent of labor force

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Top paying jobs according to Jobstreet.com

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — If you're an information technology (IT) specialist, you're in the league of a very select few earning the highest monthly salaries, says a job recruitment website.

IT specialists with five to 10 years of work experience earn up to P68,700 (US$ 1,374), while those starting out with up to five years on the job, earn an average of P37,000, says Jobstreet.com.

IT specialists are those engaged in web and software developers, systems administrators and analysts, and project managers, it added.

However, information and communications workers all over the Philippines make up only 367,000 or less than one percent of the country's labor force, according to January 2017 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

thumbnail_Labor-stats.jpg Employed persons by major industry group (Data from Philippine Statistics Authority)  

On the other end of the pay scale is the agriculture sector, which has the lowest average wage at P194 per day, compared to the P432 average monthly salary enjoyed by the service sector, the PSA reports.

Agriculture workers number 11 million, and are engaged in farming, hunting, forestry, fishing and aquaculture.

Other top-paying jobs, according to Jobstreet, include legal services, training and development, financial services, actuarial science, and public relations.

These white-collar jobs are only a small percent of the whole service sector in the Philippines, which stands at around 55 percent, says the PSA.

The service sector also includes the business processing outsourcing industry, which generates the most jobs according to internal data from Jobstreet.

The data on the number of jobs is culled from job postings on the Jobstreet.com website, says Jobstreet Country Marketing Manager Cielo Javier.