From boomers to millennials, Filipinos' job loyalty transcends paychecks

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2020 03:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2020 04:04 PM

Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA — From boomers to millennials, Filipinos keep their jobs as long as it provides them career growth and work-life balance on top a competitive salary, according to a job recruitment portal.

Findings by's "Laws of Attraction" study shatters notions that generations' attitudes towards work can be "put in boxes," said Ryan Tordesillas, senior sales manager of Jobstreet Philippines.

Filipinos seek jobs with flexibility, social involvement and security of tenure. They look for employers that are socially responsible and a lean bureaucracy, Jobstreet said.

"There’s a danger in putting generations into boxes. Ang nagkakaiba lang talaga minsan is yung personality, attitude ng tao, how open these people are to training, learning new things for example," Tordesillas said.

(People start to differ when it comes to personality and attitude, how open these people are to training, learning new things for example.)


Filipinos look for "professional, respectful, and collaborative" co-workers, according to the study.

"Parang dating din ang job hunting eh, may matching din na nagaganap. If you hire the right people because it matches the culture that you have and the culture that you’re building, the retention will be a by-product of that step," he told reporters.

(Job hunting is like dating, matching happens.)

Young professionals seek a “fun, family culture” where management respects and recognizes them to keep themselves motivated, the study said.

Experienced employees want a "collaborative, result driven, and high-performing" workplace with "pace-setting leadership."

Jobstreet Philippines senior sales manager Ryan Tordesillas. ABS-CBN News

Startups attract employees by introducing jobs as "long-term and financially secure" as most candidates are put off by contact or project-based assignments, Jobstreet said.

There is also a need for companies located in the provinces to increase their online presence to attract more talent, it said.

"They would like to research about a company and find out more about it. If you’re able to communicate that then the connection happens."

Generation X and Y, or those aged 35 to 54 and 24 to 34 respectively, are most likely to accept employment in the provinces, while Boomers (aged 55 to 64) are most "reluctant" and Gen Z (aged 18 to 24) are most "unsure."

The results of the survey can be accessed through the job portal's tool which aims to help candidates and employers "make an informed decision," Tordesillas said.