Hiring Demand for HR Professionals Continues to Remain High in the Philippines

September 1, 201612:26 pm5214 views

If you’re looking for a job in the HR and Admin space, the Philippines is where you might want to shift your search focus. The latest Monster Employment Index (MEI) released by Monster.com shows the demand for human resources talent continues to grow year-on-year in the Philippines, while jobs posted online in Singapore and Malaysia continue to be in decline.

In the Philippines, HR & Admin roles are the highest growth occupation out of all 10 jobs monitored by the MEI, growing by 25% between July 2015 and July 2016. There is a slight decrease in three percentage points; down from 28% annual growth in June 2016.

In Singapore, HR jobs saw another decline at -9% year-over-year– a further decline from June’s registered -6% drop. HR roles in Malaysia also decreased in July with a -9% drop.

HR & Admin Jobs:

Month Market 2015 2016 % Growth Y-o-Y


Singapore 100 86 -14%
Malaysia 80 71 -11%
Philippines  83  104  25%


Singapore 97 91 -6%
Malaysia 78 70 -10%
Philippines  87  111  28%


Singapore 100 91 -9%
Malaysia 74 67 -9%
Philippines 87 109 25%

“HR and Admin professionals are the most in demand talent in the Philippines at the moment. This is a knock-on effect from the overall rise in employment across the country, as indicated by July 2016’s MEI, which shows that eight of the 12 industries monitored by the MEI have registered positive growth,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director at Monster.com – APAC and Middle East.

Highlights from the survey:


  • Singapore’s online hiring activity experienced a -2% annual decline in July 2016.
  • The IT, Telecom/ISP and BPO/ITES sector reported the steepest growth at 14%.
  • The BFSI sector reported the steepest decline in hiring, at -8% year-over-year.
  • Professionals in Software, Hardware, Telecom jobs are in the greatest demand at 12% year-over-year, while Real Estate roles have registered the steepest drop at -24%.


  • Malaysia experienced a -17% year-on-year decline in e-recruitment activity in July 2016.
  • Hospitality sector had the strongest growth at 4%, while the BFSI sector reported -36%.
  • Hospitality and Travel jobs reported the biggest annual growth in hiring at 13%, while Software, Hardware, Telecom professionals remained the least in demand at -48%.


  • Online recruitment registered 10% annual growth between July 2015 and 2016.
  • The fastest growing industry sectors are Education (42%) and Logistic, Courier/ Freight/ Transportation, Import/ Export, Shipping (36%).
  • The Consumer Goods/ FMCG, Food & Packaged, Home Appliance, Garments/ Textiles Leather, Gems & Jewellery sector saw the sharpest decline at -2%.
  • Purchase/ Logistics/ Supply Chain talent are in high demand with 29% growth annually, while Hospitality and Travel professionals had the sharpest decline at -8%.

“With the boost in overall recruitment activity in the Philippines, all industry groups are in need of both back-office admin staff and strategic human resources professionals to help in all aspects of finding, acquiring and managing talent. In Singapore and Malaysia we are not seeing a lot of change in the HR and Admin roles, and this is to be expected as both markets register low positive or negative growth respectively.”

The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.


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