Demand for construction-related jobs soars

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Demand for construction-related jobs has increased due to the boom in real estate business, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Davao Region said Monday.

DOLE XI said such jobs have so far topped the list of domestic jobs to be offered during the two-day Labor Day Job Fair on May 1 and 2.

Workers fix metal bars in a construction site of a condominium along CM Recto Sstreet in Davao City/ Mindanews file photo

Based on the record of DOLE XI as of April 13, the construction industry offers 2,349 jobs – 1,205 masons, 528 carpenters, 402 tile setters, 144 steel man and 70 foremen.

Marlito D. Ayala, focal person for DOLE XI, told reporters on Monday that they were surprised with the huge demand for construction-related jobs, and they expect this to continue for several years owing to the growing number of buildings and the government’s massive infrastructure program called “Build. Build. Build.”

Ayala added they now see the need to train more construction workers to meet the demand.

The other domestic jobs in the top 10 list are 130 sales representatives, 103 service crews, 70 customer representatives, 60 technical support representatives, and 54 management trainees.

For overseas employment, the top 10 jobs are 1,933 nurses, 200 sales associates, 174 assistant herd managers in New Zealand, 120 waiters/waitresses, 113 English teachers for Japan, 112 cleaners, 100 household workers, 100 welders, 90 laborers, and 40 engineers.

There are 116 companies who signed up for the two-day “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fairs” to be held at Gaisano Mall of Davao and SM City of Davao, with a total of 11,882 job vacancies.

The event will be hosted by DOLE and the Department of Trade and Industry that will organize a Diskwento Caravan and business seminars simultaneous with the job fairs.

A briefer released by DTI XI said the TNK seeks to realize goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 9 (Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation) of “Ambisyon 2040.”

Trainings include finance clinic/assistance, skills training on abaca novelty making, business consultancy services at SM City, online enterprise, fresh flower arrangement, business consultancy services at one-stop shop at Gaisano Mall on May 1, and business opportunities on bakery by San Miguel Corporation, orientation on the services of the food processing innovation center, and balloon making on May 2 at Gaisano Mall. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)