Clark Freeport needs more workers

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- A total of 3,008 job vacancies have been posted for various firms inside this freeport, the Clark Development Corporation’s Customer Services Department (CSD) said.

Firms related to Information and Communications Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (ICT/BPO) have the most number of vacancies with 2,222 (75 percent), a report by the CSD showed.

According to the report by CSD Manager Rodem Perez, ICT/BPO-related workers include web designers and developers, programmers, technical support operators, Linux and Windows Systems administrators, English online teachers, and call center agents.

The CSD report said both Cyber City Teleservices Inc. and Sutherland Global Services have 500 vacancies each; Nozomi Fortune Services has an opening for 400 workers; while Ivonline Contents Center Incorporated is in need of 200 new workers for the firm.

Others with significant job openings are Advanpoint (90), Clark On Line It Hub (50), Mepcon Phils. Inc (170), Services Resources Inc (55), GFL System Clark Inc. (105), Global Standard English Learning Center (75), among others.

Coming in second is the industrial (electronic) or the semiconductor sector, which is in need of 340 workers (10.2 percent) before the end of the year.

Also needing workers are Texas Instruments, Nanox Phils. Inc., Phoenix Semiconductor Phils. Corporation, Poongsan Microtec Phils. Corporation, and SMK Electronics (Phils.) Corporation.

Moreover, there is a noticeable shift in locators’ preferences for applicants who have college credits at the very least.

CSD’s latest report reflects a preference for college level applicants (53 percent or almost 1,600), and college graduates (20 percent or more than 600).

In the previous months, job vacancies for high school graduates accounted for more than 50 percent of the total workforce requirements.

Perez explained that the shift in locators’ preferences can be attributed to CSD’s continuous advertisement of job vacancies and broadcast media such as the “Jobs Fair on the Air” at GVFM 99.1, and the twice annual Jobs Fair that the department coordinates with all stakeholders.

These efforts have allowed labor-intensive sectors to almost fill up their vacancies and they are now in the process of filling up positions for supervisory and managerial positions, Perez said.

The latest report also showed that total employment at Clark has now reached an all-time high of 63,223 spread over 509 stakeholders. (Reynaldo G. Navales)

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