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Emerging jobs in the Philippines require employees with hybrid skills

The top five emerging jobs in the Philippines were identified by the world’s largest professional network and many of them still require traditional roles such as management and communications skills.

According to a recent report, while the top five emerging jobs, based on the 2019 Emerging Jobs in the Philippines Report, are related to technology or digital competency, findings underscore the demand for jobs which necessitate hybrid skills.

These skills are needed primarily to help organisations in the country navigate their digital transformation journey.

The top five jobs were identified as data scientist, application development analyst, back end developer, full stack engineer, and sales development representative.

The professional network explained that these jobs have actual roles that are varied and diverse, which reflects a labour market that values talent with a hybrid set of complementary skills.

The report highlights the reality that new jobs are emerging more rapidly than at any other time in history.

Traditional roles have evolved into hybrids that did not exist five years ago.

A slight tweak on the adage comes to mind, “in with the new, but not necessarily out with the old.”

While the top emerging jobs in the country are mostly related to technology, many of them require soft skills such as management and communications skills, making them hybrids of new and traditional roles.

The report indicated that digital competency is in high demand, with the ongoing digitalisation in the public and private sectors contributing significantly to the increased need for jobs in tech.

At the same time, the emerging start-up in the Philippines is also contributing to the demand for tech talent.

Start-ups in fintech, agriculture, retail and engineering, among others, require tech expertise to help them build innovative products that will solve local market problems and make the lives of the people better.

But while the demand for digital talent is fast growing, the professional network’s data showed that the Philippines, like every other country, is facing a challenge in building its digital workforce.

This, thereby, results in the comparatively low supply.

To address this, companies are being encouraged to look into providing opportunities for existing employees to upskill or reskill.

The report has gone on to say that HR and talent acquisition teams need to evolve and innovate the way they hire.

As skills commonly associated with these emerging jobs evolve, hiring based on the title of a candidate is no longer adequate and accurate in filling these gaps.

Digital competence, as is now known, is composed of a blend of hard and soft skills.

With the competition for talent growing only fiercer, organisations need to build an adaptable workforce.

Real-time understanding of the demand and supply of skills, talent pools and talent movement is the first step toward building talent intelligence at scale.

To produce the data, the professional network analysed millions of unique, user-input job titles based on common job roles.

They then counted the frequencies of job titles that were held in 2013 and compared the results to job titles in 2017.

The emerging jobs are the top five job titles that saw the largest growth in frequency over the five-year period.

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