The POEA classified the top 10 skills based on the newly hired land-based workers deployed for 2015. Household service workers took the top spot for new hires with 194,835 workers deployed, which is also a 7.5 percent increase from 2014. This is followed by manufacturing laborers with 41,038, 22,175 nursing professionals, 18,352 waiters, and 14,116 cleaners and helpers in offices and hotels. There are also 10,181 deployed home-based personal care workers, 8,156 welders and flame cutters, 7,286 civil engineer laborers, 6,629 plumbers and pipe fitters, and 5,870 working in building constructions.
In terms of destination, Saudi Arabia is still the top choice of many migrant workers, with 406,089 working in the said country. This is followed by United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Oman, and Bahrain. Nonetheless, there are 225,866 land-based workers elsewhere around the world.
For new hires, Saudi Arabia is also the top spot, with 189,001 new hires deployed. Other destinations for new hires are as follows: Kuwait, Qatar, Taiwan, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Bahrain.
The case is the same with rehires with 217,088 still heading to Saudi Arabia. Nonetheless, re-hires are going to other countries such as Italy with 13,997 rehires workers deployed.