Some lo­cal jobs seen of­fer­ing more at­trac­tive pays for OFWs

Business World - - LABOR & MANAGEMENT - Arra B. Fran­cia

ONLINE re­cruit­ment firm Robert Wal­ters Philip­pines is look­ing to at­tract more over­seas Filipino work­ers back home with job op­por­tu­ni­ties through its Ba­likBayan cam­paign.

Launched in Novem­ber, the cam­paign seeks to bring Filipinos home by per­son­ally reach­ing out to those work­ing abroad and as­sist­ing them in find­ing new jobs.

“As Robert Wal­ters has of­fices in 28 coun­tries, we tap on our in­ter­na­tional data­base of con­tacts by reach­ing out to Filipinos work­ing abroad. We have a ded­i­cated In­ter­na­tional Can­di­date Man­ager to share mar­ket re­search, in­sights and up­dates on the job mar­ket in the Philip­pines with them,” Coun­try Man­ager Eric Mary told BusinessWorld.

In 2015, the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Author­ity recorded a to­tal of 2.4 mil­lion Filipinos work­ing over­seas. Robert Wal­ters said that of this num­ber, six out of 10 are in­ter­ested to re­turn home to work.

Mr. Mary said Filipinos of­ten choose to work over­seas for higher wages. With the im­prov­ing lo­cal econ­omy, how­ever, he said that some po­si­tions have be­come more com­pet­i­tive in terms of salary.

“We can counter [ the per­ceived prospect of higher salaries abroad] by shar­ing the re­al­ity of the job mar­ket in the Philip­pines. For some po­si­tions, re­mu­ner­a­tion has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in the Philip­pines. At Robert Wal­ters Philip­pines, we also no­tice the trend of more com­pa­nies of­fer­ing clearer ca­reer pro­gres­sion path­ways to their em­ploy­ees,” Mr. Mary said. —

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