The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that the construction industry is currently in need of 200,000 workers. The high demand for construction workers is expected to continue until 2022. Read on to learn more about it.

Looking After Skilled Workers

“The construction industry is currently in need of 200,000 workers, but there is currently only 80,000 supply in the labor market,” The Manila Bulletin reported Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) director Dominique Tutay as saying. Tutay added that among the most highly in demand skilled workers are laborers, electricians, heavy equipment drivers and safety engineers.

Tutay further explained that given the country's need of 200,000 workers, the construction industry would need more 120,000 workers. She also noted that among the available 80,000 workers, only 24,000 workers are actively looking for employment.

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Encouraging Local Education & Training Institutions

DOLE encouraged the local education and training institutions to continuously train students and trainees in construction-related fields. In doing this, labor shortage in the construction industry will be addressed. However, Tutay reiterated that the market needed not just any construction workers but skilled and qualified workers. 

Tapping Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Moreover, Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say stated that they were considering to tap OFWs to help in the demand for construction workers. Tutay who was in agreement with Say said that the local construction firms have considered on hiring some of the 11,000 displaced Filipino construction workers in Saudi Arabia. 

Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report that showed the jobs that would continue to grow by 2020. The report called The Future of Jobs was based on a survey made from more than 350 employers of different industries in 15 of the world's largest economies. Here are the jobs listed.

  • Data analysts
  • Computer and mathematical jobs
  • Architects and engineering jobs
  • Specialized sales people
  • Senior managers
  • Product designers 
  • Human resources and organizational development specialists 
  • Regulatory and government relations experts

What do you think of  DOLE's statement that skilled construction workers are in demand until 2022? Let us know in comments section below.

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