MANILA, Philippines – Fresh graduates looking for a fat first paycheck don’t have to look for opportunities outside the country.
According to a survey conducted by Jobstreet.com Philippines, most industries are not only willing to hire fresh graduates, but are also willing to pay them well.
Fresh graduates who will land jobs in the travel and tourism industry can expect an average monthly salary of P20,629, making then the highest earners among fresh graduates, the survey showed.
Jobs in this industry include hotel front desk staff, sales agents and hotel representatives, as well as aviation specialists, cabin crews, junior payable analysts, reservation officers, and digital marketing specialists.
“The data was pulled up by the salaries of the pilots, mechanical engineers and airline attendants. Travel is booming because of the boom in tourism industry, and because of the high demand, companies are also paying well,” Jobstreet.com Philippines marketing director Yoda Buyco said at the launch of its Fresh Graduates 2014 Job & Salary Report on Monday.
Jobstreet.com Philippines marketing director Yoda Buyco
Those who will get jobs in the telecommunication industry will also receive nearly P20,000 in salary or an average of P19,975 per month.
These include technicians, electronics and communications engineers, human resource assistants, graphic artists, and research assistants.
The computer and information technology (IT) industry focused on hardware pays an average salary of P18,963 for fresh graduates getting jobs as computer technicians and software engineers.
Other high paying industries include hotel and hospitality (P18,940); computer/IT in software (P18,863); healthcare/medical (P18,387); call center/IT-enabled services/BPO (P17,711); banking and financial services (P17,503); law and legal (P16,845); and education (P16,557).
In terms of specialization, Jobstreet.com said the highest paid are the experts in IT/computer (hardware) with an average salary of P19,447.
“‘Yung mga nag-BS-IT course are in luck because you will be one of the highest paid in 2014 in the Philippines,” said Buyco.
These are experts in IT, technical support, computer tech, and troubleshooting.
Those specializing in hotel management and tourism services may earn P19,297. These include travel agents, hotel staff, and food and beverage service ambassadors.
Rounding up the top 10 highest paying specializations are healthcare (P19,179); IT/computer in software (P18,940), customer service (P18,310); telesales and telemarketing (P18,015); banking/financial services (P17,884); law/legal services (P17,718); public relations/communications (P17,599); and actuarial science/statistics (P17,563).
In 2013, 83% of companies hired fresh graduates, mostly for accounting and finance, human resources, and marketing departments.
Buyco, meanwhile, advised fresh graduates to apply for their “dream job” even before graduating as nearly half of the companies surveyed said most of the hiring occurs from January to June.
“If I’m a fresh graduate, chances of landing a job in Q3 and Q4 are kind of low because the employers are no longer looking for these positions because posts have been filled up,” she said.
“Don’t let a day pass by without applying for a job as early as now. Opportunity knocks only once, don’t miss it and apply for your dream job now, not tomorrow, but now,” she added.