Online job portal JobStreet launched on Tuesday its #TogetherAhead initiative aimed at helping displaced workers and struggling businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
One aspect of the initiative is the provision of free-of-charge job postings on JobStreet to small-to-medium enterprises and new clients that offer opportunities for college and K-12 graduates, as well as work-from-home and no-experience jobs.
The special aid to qualified Philippine employers is available until the end of June this year.
Over two million Filipino workers were reportedly displaced by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The quarantine measures also caused companies to halt their recruitment processes.
Speaking at an online press briefing, JobStreet Philippines Country Head Philip Gioca said that the portal has seen a 30-50% drop in ad placements in the market following the imposition of the ECQ on Metro Manila on March 15 this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that, of the ad placers, SMEs were the worst hit by the pandemic, while the manufacturing, construction and real estate industries were also badly affected.
He added that the worst period in terms of job postings during the pandemic was in the first week of April but that placements have begun to recover in May.
Other parts of JobStreet’s #TogetherAhead initiative include: a COVID-19 microsite that also houses a report on jobs in the Philippines, the #WorkNow new product feature that lets job seekers know they are immediately available for employment, and the #SanaOL campaign that highlights online jobs.
“Some companies have paused accepting applications, but many of them remain actively recruiting, so we’d like to encourage jobseekers that there’s a way for them to signal hirers that they are up for urgent hiring,” Gioca said of the #WorkNow feature.
Based on JobStreet internal data, candidates can explore opportunities by industries that are still hiring during this time such as Call Center / IT-Enabled Services / BPO (41%), Government Jobs (15%), Education (9%), Banking / Financial Services (4%), Computer / IT (Software) (4%).
Also, the following job roles remain widely available on JobStreet: Call Center Agent (10%), Teacher (7%), Nurse (5%), Engineer (4%) and many more.
Fresh graduates who would like to work and earn this time can grab opportunities as Call Center Agent (Php 22,000), Teacher (Php 22,316), Customer Representative (Php 20,500), Admin Assistant (Php 13,319), Nurse (Php 20,745), among others.
Gioca noted that the pandemic has shifted the demands of jobseekers, with candidates now looking for work-from-home opportunities, home-based, jobs with no work experience, and part-time or freelance jobs.
To learn more about #TogetherAhead and other JobStreet initiatives, visit //bit.ly/JobStreetTogetherAhead.