Filipinos getting more jobs, working overtime — BLES



MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos are finding more jobs and taking on more-than-average workload, according to the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

Data from the BLES from July 2012 showed that about two-thirds of employed Filipinos have been clocking in more than the usual 40-hour work week even as the number of jobholders rose along with the employment rate.

Based on the labor force survey as of last July, the average work week was 42.2 hours when 93 percent of working age Filipinos were taking part in the labor force and did have work.

Of the 37.6 million employed Filipinos, 24.6 million logged in up to 48 hours or even more each week.

This was more than the 20.8 million who did so as of April and the 24.1 million who did so in July 2011.

In April 2012 and July 2011, jobholders numbered 37.8 million and 37.1 million respectively. Back then, the employment rate was 93.1 percent and 92.9 percent, respectively.

Also, BLES data show that about one-third or 12.5 million of those with jobs as of July were laborers and unskilled workers.

At the same time, the two next biggest groups by occupation were officials, managers, and supervisors in public and private sectors (5.2 million), and farmers, fishermen and forestry workers (5.1 million).

Classified by industry sectors, the biggest employers were agriculture and fisheries with about one-third or 11.6 million of those with jobs), wholesale and retail (about one-fifth or 7 million) and manufacturing (one-twelfth or 3.2 million).

According to the National Statistics Office, the country had an estimate of 63.1 million population aged 15 years and over in July.

The NSO said that out of this estimate, 40.4 million persons were in the labor force, or those who were either employed or unemployed. This translates to a labor force participation rate of 64.0 percent.

The NSO defines an employed person as a wage and salary worker, a self-employed worker without any paid employee, an employer in his or her own family-operated farm or business, or an unpaid family worker.

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  • plau808

    If Filipinos are getting more jobs, why can’t my brother, whom for 5 months now, has no job yet despite the fact that he’s a registered Mechanical Engineer?

    • Juan Carlo

      because he is not looking

    • maharlika27

      Getting more jobs doesnt mean everybody has a job…You brother is not alone…his time has yet to come soon…5 months is short period for him to surrender, too early to say he is unlucky…the rigth time will come for him…God bless you all

    • Jose

      Maybe looking for a managerial position at once? Start low and learn the trade, I for one started as a minimum wage earner.  If I remember right, big businesses themselves says there are thousands of vacancies in the market but the skills needed are not matched by the available workforce. My co-worker is a civil engineer who have experiences in welding and piping and is a QA/QC in that discipline which is best suited for a mechanical engineer who have the same skill.

      He can upgrade his skills by taking short courses programmed for a week or 2 in welding, NDT and other related hands on training. The practice of engineering is now very broad that employers tend to lean on specialized skills, say design, superintending, QA/QC, etc.

    • opinyonlangpo

      He has to start from the bottom unless he is qualified or got the proper connections. People who have multiple diplomas have same problem but please note that it is still the person who is going to work and not the diplomas or licenses.

    • EOJ

      Poor networking and resume. Do not be choosy.

    • RONNIE858

      he must be choosy.

    • George Lapulapu

      20 years after college.. i only became unemployed for a total of 5 months. and I have 10 respectable (i can stay in the organization and retire comfortably) jobs since. I dont think there is a dearth of jobs in the Philippines. Diploma and certificate do not make you employed is what you do to your diploma that matters in the workplace. diploma can at most give employers the signal how good you are. how to translate that signal into a productive workforce is up to you .. good luck..

  • daniboy2012

    well ..he need to start as apprentice first.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The underground economy employs a lot too numbering in millions. Unfortunately they are not included as they are not registered nor pay taxes.

    • George Lapulapu

      the BLESS study covers both tax paying and none tax paying. the issue here is the quality of employment. if you check DOLE definition of work  you will be surprise to know that even the cigarette vendor along quezon avenue who sells yosi for an hour in a week is considered employed.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Partially true, but how could they include the others like drug pushers, dealersand other illegal activities. One may be surprise that someone who just made partitions to his home and rented it is unemployed but earning sizable income, now include also the squatters who do the same thing. Thats why it is called underground economy because they can not declare it.

  • pepengkabayo

    Always good news…okay yan.


    plau808 maybe your brother is over qualified or lacking work experience…

  • It's Time

    I started working just a few weeks after i graduated. How’s that? :P Don’t be choosy. Even if it’s a salesman or cashiering or ‘best’ – traveling job, grab it! You’ll never know what lies ahead.

  • nilphil

    Please qualify this news. If you will note, most of the works now are temporary in nature (6 months or contractual). Does NSO have statistics on people who are terminated or goes out of job as well. Because, when you compare this statistics with the employment statistics, only then can you get the real picture.

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