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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Are OFWs employed in world's best jobs?


What are the world's best jobs and are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) engaged in them?
 
A report of the news site Wall Street Journal, citing a research from CareerCast with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, said the top jobs in the United States, based on five criteria (income, stress and hiring outlook, physical demands, work environment) are:
 
(1) Software Engineer
(2) Actuary
(3) Human Resources Manager
(4) Dental Hygienist
(5) Financial Planner
(6) Audiologist
(7) Occupational Therapist
(8) Online Advertising Manager
(9) Computer Systems Analyst
(10) Mathematician

The United States is the top destination of Filipinos overseas. Based on the Stock Estimate of theCommission on Filipinos Overseas, there were about 3,166,529 Filipinos in the US as of 2010.
Meanwhile, a report from news site Business Insider said a survey from Manpower of over 40,000 employees in 41 countries show that the following are the most in demand jobs: 
 
(1) Skilled Workers
(2) Engineers
(3) Sales Representatives
(4) Technicians
(5) Drivers
(6) Laborers
(7) IT Staff
(8) Accounting and Finance Staff
(9) Chefs/Cooks
(10) Management/Executives

 
Popular occupations of OFWs
 
On the other hand, based on the 2010 data of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), the top OFW occupations in the top five destination countries of Filipino workers are:
 
United States
Estimated Filipino population: 3,166,529*
Total number of deployed OFWs in 2010:  1,080
 
(1)   Professional Nurses: 83
(2)   Teachers: 81
(3)   Housekeepers: 80
(4)   Waiters: 80
(5)   Service Workers: 79
(6)   Doctors: 41
(7)   Technologist (Life Sciences): 29
(8)   Engineer: 28
(9)   Domestic Helper: 24
(10) Computer Programmer: 22

 
Saudi Arabia
Estimated Filipino population: 1,512,539*
Total deployed for 2010: 119,275
 
(1)   Domestic Helper: 11,582
(2)   Professional Nurse: 8,513
(3)   Cleaner: 6,869
(4)   General Helper: 5,950
(5)   Electrical Wiremen: 4,871
(6)   Laborer: 4,543
(7)   Plumber: 3,462
(8)   Bricklayers: 3,276
(9)   Housekeeper: 3,133
(10) Service Worker: 3,002
 
 
Canada
Estimated Filipino population: 667,674*
Total deployed for 2010 – 2,954
 
(1)   Caregiver: 1,452
(2)   Waiter: 451
(3)   Cook: 114
(4)   Production Worker: 98
(5)   Pharmacologist: 81
(6)   Butcher: 80
(7)   Cashier: 63
(8)   Professional Nurse: 58
(9)   Bartender: 58
(10) Welder: 46
 
 
United Arab Emirates
Estimated Filipino population: 636,154*
Total deployed for 2010: 46,779
 
(1)   Domestic Helper: 13,184
(2)   Cleaner: 3,710
(3)   Service Worker: 2,534
(4)   Waiter: 2,204
(5)   Salesmen: 2,188
(6)   Laborer: 1,534
(7)   Cook: 1,365
(8)   Production Worker: 1,185
(9)   Clerk: 1,095
(10) Housekeeper: 1,027
 
Australia
Estimated Filipino population: 345,592*
Total deployed for 2010: 403

 
(1)   Butcher: 33
(2)   Welder: 27
(3)   Mechanic: 26
(4)   Production Worker: 21
(5)   Mach Assembler: 21
(6)   Sales Worker: 20
(7)   Cook: 19
(8)   Metal Worker: 18
(9)   Toolmaker: 16
(10) Engineer: 14

*Data based from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas
- VVP, GMA News

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