Highest-paying jobs for fresh graduates in Philippines revealed

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 24 2015 11:22 AM | Updated as of Mar 24 2015 07:50 PM

Filipinos look for jobs. Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA (UPDATE) - Fresh graduates looking for the highest starting salaries in the Philippines may find them in the field of information technology (IT), according to online job site Jobstreet.com.

Yoda Buyco of Jobstreet.com Philippines said five of the top 10 highest paying jobs for jobseekers fresh off college are related to the IT industry.

Topping the list, based on Jobstreet.com's latest Salary Report for Fresh Graduates, is the specialization in IT/computer-software, which pays an average montly salary of P23,949.

Those specializing in computer-software can land a position as net developer, Android developer, and business security assistant.

"Anything in programming and software, they get paid the most in the Philippines. They are employed by telcos, computer/IT, or banking and financial services," Buyco said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

Three specializations related to IT are also paying above the P21,000 monthly salary mark.

These are jobs in computer network/database admin (P23,080); technical and helpdesk support (P22,289); and computer hardware (P21,371).

Jobs in finance-corporate merchant banking and law/legal services also pay above P21,000 monthly with average salaries of P21,345 and P21,301, respectively.

Other jobs paying high starting salaries for fresh graduates are in telesales/telemarketing (P20,966); nurse/medical support assistant (P20,588); engineering/technical/IT sales (P20,265); and engineering electronics (P19,343).

Buyco noted that the 10 highest starting salaries have a narrow range, which should give fresh graduates an opportunity to choose a career path they truly desire.

"We advise fresh graduates to go for where they are good at and what they love doing," she said.

Jobstreet.com's 2015 Jobs and Salary Report for Fresh Graduates was determined using the average salary of all specializations for fresh graduates, based on postings of employers listed on Jobstreet.com.ph from October to December 2014.

The salaries do not include other forms of compensation such as leave credits, medical benefits, and incentives.

"We want to inform fresh graduates and give them options so they won't need 'trial and error' in looking for jobs," Buyco said. 

The report also revealed that most of the jobs available for fresh graduates are related to the business process outsourcing (BPO)/call center industry.

Out of the more than 40,000 fresh graduate jobs posted on the site from January to March 10, 2015, nearly 30 percent are job openings in customer service, which Buyco said is also driven by BPO firms.

Some examples of these are positions as customer service representatives, front desk representatives, and technical helpdesk staff.

Rounding up the top five most in-demand specializations are in IT/computer-hardware, technical and helpdesk, telesales and telemarketing, and clerical/administrative support.