Workplace Skills Survey
Due to the fast-changing landscape of the country’s economy brought about by the fourth industrial revolution and globalization, there has been an increasing clamor for a constant monitoring and anticipation of skills demand in the labor market. Currently, there is a lack of skills needs anticipation (SNA) study in the Philippines which makes it difficult for the education and training sector difficult to create innovative programs to address employment problems. With this, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), commissioned the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI) to conduct a pilot study focusing on the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector of the country and utilizing the employer or enterprise survey methodology, specifically the Workplace Skills and Satisfaction (WSS) Survey. The questionnaire constructed by TESDA aims to collect data on employee demographics, skills gaps and demand, employment size projection as well as development plans of the sites, and on existing TVET graduates. The list of companies considered for the study is the group of 242 member companies of the Information Technology-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and stratified sampling was utilized considering the subsectors and the employee size of the sites as stratification variables. Given the results, the recommendations were provided on the existing training programs and to collaboration with the academe, the industries, the concerned government agencies, and key private institutions necessary to ensure that the future workers of the IT-BPM sector are properly equipped with the right skills, competencies, and there is existence of cohesive programs and policies.