BPO Sector Provides First Break for Fresh Grads, but IT Is Best Paying

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BPO Sector Provides First Break for Fresh Grads, but IT Is Best Paying


The business process outsourcing (BPO) sector provides the easiest first break for a fresh graduate, but the information technology sector provides the best paying jobs, a survey by an online job portal showed.

The 2015 edition of JobStreet.com's Jobs and Salary Report for Fresh Graduates revealed that the five specializations with the most jobs available for those who just got their diplomas are related to the BPO/call center industry.

Yoda Buyco, marketing director of JobStreet.com Philippines, said this is based on the more than 40,000 fresh graduate jobs posted on JobStreet.com from January to March 10, 2015 wherein close to 30 percent are vacancies for Customer Service specialists.

IT/Computer - Hardware, Technical and Helpdesk, Telesales and Telemarketing, and Clerical/Administrative Support round up the top five in demand jobs.

Other specializations that recent graduates may want to look into if they want readily available opportunities are Finance - General/Cost Accounting, Human Resources, Banking/Financial Services, Hotel Management/Tourism Services, and Marketing/Business Development.

However, Buyco also said that the most financially lucrative employment opportunities for fresh graduates can be found in the field of IT. Five of the top ten specializations providing the highest starting salaries to recent graduates are related to IT. Topping this year's list is IT/Computer - Hardware (fourth in 2014), which gives an average monthly salary of nearly P24,000 for fresh graduates. Fresh graduates specializing in IT/Computer - Network/System/Database Administration, Technical/Helpdesk Support, IT/Computer - Hardware, and Corporate Finance are also above the P21,000 monthly salary mark.

Only five out of last year's top ten highest paying specializations made a return in this year's report. Hotel/Management/Tourism, Customer Service, Banking and Financial Services, Public Relations/Communications, and Actuarial Science/Statistics had to give way to, among others, Technical/IT Sales and Electronics and Communications Engineering this year. 2014's eighth highest paying specialization, Law/Legal Services, moved up to sixth, while Telesales/Telemarketing (sixth in 2014) and Nursing/Medical Support (third last year) moved down to seventh and eighth, respectively. …

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