Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — LinkedIn has become a punchline used by many comedians because of its perceived oddity among the social networking sites. Even Dilbert, ever the stalwart of office comedy, has given the site a shout out in one of its comic strips. But a case can be made for taking it seriously. Given the continuing growth streak of the Philippine economy (boasting a 6.4 percent growth in the first quarter of 2017), this means the market has opened up for better quality and higher paying jobs.
According to the site’s newly released study, “Recruiting in the Philippines: A Special Report on the Philippines’ Skilled Workforce and How to Attract Top Talent,” the top three most hired occupations on LinkedIn are sales professional, software developer, and customer service specialist. And with these jobs come a demand for highly digital skill sets: from cloud computing to data migration.
This means that getting better jobs requires more specific skills.
“Much of the boost to the Philippines’ economy is attributed to the BPO industry. As the sector matures, the demand for skills such as digital marketing and IT are on the rise. For job seekers, it is no longer adequate to just possess technical qualifications but they need to diversify and strengthen their skill sets. This also spells tougher competition for companies looking for talent with the right skill competencies, as well as aptitude for continuous learning,” said Feon Ang, LinkedIn’s vice president for talent and learning solutions, Asia Pacific.
In the Philippines, LinkedIn has four million members, and more than 60 percent of them belong in the age range between 25 and 35, and use the website to communicate, get professional insights, and look for new career opportunities.
Below are infographics for the top 10 most hired occupations on LinkedIn, and the most in demand skills for top occupations.
For the complete report, download a copy here.