'Jobs-skills mismatch crisis' confronts 2016 graduates

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TUCP-Nagkaisa claims jobs-skills mismatch wrings as a prevalent threat as new graduates take on the labor force.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — There can be no greater happiness for a student than to finally march with his or her diploma, ready to take on the so-called "real world."

But is this real world all set to welcome the country's new breed of the workforce?

Recent data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) showed that out of the 4,239,392 domestic and international job vacancies offered in thousands of job fairs nationwide in the past two years, only 391,088 among 1,286,073 applicants were hired on the spot.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa) said in a statement that the heightened competition in the market and the lack of adjustment on the part of universities and colleges trigger the jobs-skills mismatch in the country.

A sea of occupations

DOLE's Labor Market Information (LMI) Report for 2013 to 2020, identified 275 key occupations as in-demand, while 102 occupations are listed as hard-to-fill from among key and emerging industries.

In-demand occupations pertain to active occupations or job vacancies posted or advertised recurrently.

These occupations have high turnover or replacement rate and are essentials in the operations of a company.

In-demand occupations include abaca pulp processor, admino programmer, banana growing worker, bangus diver, banquet supervisor, bamboo materials craftsman, fish cage caretaker, groundskeeper, multi-lingual service crew, mussel grower, pointman, reefman, and whale shark interaction officer.

Meanwhile, the report defined hard-to-fill occupations as job vacancies which the employer or company is having difficulty to be filled because job applicants are not qualified or there is no supply of job applicants for the particular vacancy.

This bracket includes 2-D digital animator, agricultural designer, bioinformatics analyst, clean-up artist, cosmetic dentist, cosmetic surgeon, cuisine chef, ethanol machine processing operator, multi-lingual tour guide, in-between artist (animation), in-between checker (animation), and mechatronics engineer.