Senator urges business firms to relax hiring criteria

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A lawmaker has asked private companies to help solve job mismatching in the country by relaxing their educational requirements for hiring new employees.

Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th explained that a job mismatch happens when an applicant cannot comply with the educational requirements for a position.

Aquino said the strict requirements being imposed by private companies on job applicants contribute to the country’s growing unemployment rate,

The senator cited a report by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that showed an increase in the unemployment rate in the first months of 2014.


Aquino, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, said he expected a further increase in the jobless rate this month because more than half a million college students are set to graduate.

The DOLE said 3.8 million job vacancies were waiting to be filled, especially in industries such as services, construction, tourism, information technology and communications and business process outsourcing.

“However, many of these vacancies remain as such because of the job and skills mismatch,” the senator said,

Aside from enlisting the cooperation of private companies, he added, the government should take steps to address the job mismatch, which stemmed from the lack of proper education and training of applicants for a particular line of work.

Aquino called on the DOLE, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education to join forces and find ways to address the problem.

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