Online jobs marketplace on Tuesday reported an uptick in placements for work-from-home opportunities amid the lockdown.

Country Head Philip Gioca said the company experienced a 30 percent to 50 percent decline in the number of job ad placements from a high of 100,000 jobs daily before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Some companies have paused accepting applications, many of them remain actively recruiting, so we’d like to encourage job seekers that there’s a way for them to signal hirers that they are up for urgent hiring,” he said.

He noted that starting May 1, job postings again increased, led by 10 industries — call center, IT-enabled services and business process outsourcing or BPO (41% of advertisements); government jobs (15%); education (9%); banking and financial services (4%); computer and IT software (4%), healthcare and medical (3%); property and real estate (3%); retail and merchandising (3%); manufacturing and production (2%) and transportation and logistics (1%).

The top 10 jobs are those for call center agents, teachers, nurses, engineers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants, sales staff, supervisors and staff, and system developer, he said.

Gioca said skills in highest demand were good command of English and those related to digital and social media.

He also noted other trends, such as job seekers taking courses online to “up-skill” themselves, hiring interviews done online especially for BPO candidates, and holding property tours online. (Jojo Mangahis)