Jobs portal: Recruitment continues to rise as companies go for flexible work arrangements

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — Despite the implementation of strict quarantine restrictions, recruitment activities are still growing as companies provide flexible work arrangements or work-from-home set up, a jobs portal said.

"We actually though that it will hamper recruitment activities... we were surprised that the trend continues to grow maybe because this is the augmentation that is being offered by employers now giving a flexible working arrangement, work-from-home setup," JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

In late March, the government implemented enhanced community quarantine in the Greater Manila area due to a spike in COVID-19 infections that overwhelmed hospitals. This meant limited movement and only a number of industries allowed to continue operations.

Gioca said there is a surge in hiring from sectors like business process outsourcing, manufacturing and production, information technology, and government agencies. He added that majority of these jobs are permanent positions, but there is also a great amount of "gig" economy jobs - project-based or part-time jobs that pay by the hour.

"We see that this will continue and will be a more stable source of income for most Filipinos," he added.

Recently, the government reported a 7.1% unemployment rate for March, an improvement from February's 8.8%. This means 3.44 million Filipinos are currently out of work, coming from the previous month's 4.19 million.

Gioca said he sees optimism the labor market in the country will be in better shape in the coming months as pandemic response like the vaccination program further takes effect.

He also encouraged companies to go digital and to upskill, which is now an integral part of the "new normal."

"The pandemic gave the opportunity to pivot most of the business to that digital space. Digital will be the way forward and we need to adapt to that," Gioca said.