Friday, November 25, 2016

Doctors highest paid, engineers most in-demand among OFWs

MANILA - (UPDATE) Filipinos looking for work overseas should consider the health care sector if they want lucrative pay, or engineering for the most opportunities, a study released Wednesday showed.
Filipino doctors abroad earn an average P111,620 a month and in the United Arab Emirates, the rate can double to P253,000, jobs website said.

Engineering jobs are the most in demand, with 30,972 opening posted recently, according to the study.
Other top specializations, with monthly pay of P50,000 to P90,000, include process design and control, public relations, aviation or aircraft maintenance, legal services, education, quality control, information technology and architecture or interior design, the study said.

Aside from engineering, general works, hospitality, healthcare, sales, administrative support, and creatives are also in high demand.

Saudi Arabia is still top OFW destination with 46,026 posted jobs, followed by Qatar with 11,991, and UAE with 6,670.

Demand for Filipino workers from private companies in Saudi Arabia remains high despite the drop in oil prices, business unit head Rhea Suiza said.

Close to 2,500 Filipino workers have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia, said Robert Larga, licensing and regulation director at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency. Around 8,000 more are scheduled to return home, he said.

The Philippines is one of the world's top labor exporters, and OFW remittances are credited with boosting domestic consumption, a key driver of economic growth.

Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBN News

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