‘Construction still shedding most number of workers’

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THE construction and manufacturing sectors continued to shed the most number of workers this year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In its latest job displacement monitoring report obtained by BusinessMirror, DOLE tallied 3,284 permanently displaced workers from January 1 to 6, 2022.

Of these, 2,568 were retrenched by 233 establishments, while the remaining 716 lost their jobs after 34 firms permanently closed down their operations.

“In terms of major industry group, most displaced workers were under construction (35 percent share or 1,154) and manufacturing (15 percent or 506) sectors,” DOLE said.

Rounding up the top 5 sectors with the most number of permanently displaced workers are administrative and support service activities (442), other service activities (401), and financial and insurance activities (145).

“Retrenchment or reduction of workforce [RWF] was mostly observed in large enterprises (43 percent or 101) while there is a higher incidence of permanent closure in small enterprises (41 percent or 14),” DOLE said.

In terms of region, Metro Manila tallied the most number of affected workers with 1,947 followed by the Calabarzon (499), and Central Luzon (294).

DOLE registered 5,762 workers who were affected by flexible work arrangements (FWA) and temporary closure (TC) of 168 establishments.

Reduction of workdays and compressed work week were the most commonly implemented FWA.

“Majority of the establishments which adopted flexible work arrangements were small enterprises (42 percent or 63). On the other hand, a greater number of establishments under micro enterprise implemented temporary closure (58 percent or 11),” DOLE said.

In a Viber message, Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique R. Tutay told BusinessMirror it is still “too early” to determine if the latest displacement figures were already affected by the raising of the Alert Level in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of the country earlier this month from 2 to 3 due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide.

“Maybe we can compare data at the end of this week,” Tutay said.