Carpenters 'hot' and 'in demand', says DOLE

If you scoff at carpenters, you might want to take a second look because they are now "hot" and "in demand."

In fact, you might want to try carpentry, which Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz identified as a "viable career in the next five to 10 years,"

This, as she highlighted high demand for skilled carpenters both locally and abroad.

"Carpenters play an important role in construction. He does most of the wood works and builds structures according to the design of architects and layout of engineers (sic)," Baldoz said in a statement Tuesday.

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Although acknowledging that most Pinoy carpenters are self-employed, the Cabinet official noted that "wage employment opportunities for carpenters here and abroad are abundant for those who have the most training and skills."

The government's career portal posted a total of 492 vacancies as of Tuesday, the statement said.

Aside from construction, carpenters are needed in other industries such real estate; renting and business activities; and in private households, it added.

Available vacancies include both jobs locally and abroad.

Pinoy carpenters can earn P450 to P600 a day locally depending on his skills, the Labor department noted.

This, as it urged Pinoys to enroll in technical and vocational schools which usually offer training for P3,000 to P7,000.

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Carpenters may also look for jobs with higher pay abroad, although the Labor department said this means gaining more skills.

Those seeking jobs in the U.S., for instance, would have to qualify as residential, commercial or industrial carpenters.

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