An ADB economist who specializes in the areas of education, skills development and jobs, answers questions about which jobs are best suited to work-from-home arrangements, based on a recent study in Southeast Asia.
In Southeast Asia, women workers were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Urgent policy action is needed to address the issue and improve the welfare of women in other areas as well.
Women and young people were hit the hardest by job losses during the pandemic but some governments used innovative policies to improve the situation.
The discourse on quality jobs and decent work has changed since the onset of the pandemic. This transition has provided key insights and policy implications.
As the Philippines rebounds from the pandemic, strengthening labor market programs will be critical to help workers and enterprises make the transition.
Companies deploying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, and investing in reskilling and upskilling for digital occupations, are likely to recover faster from the impact of the pandemic.
Strong remittance inflows should be used as an opportunity to strengthen the systems that help overseas workers and their families back at home.
After a difficult year during the pandemic, there are encouraging signs that workers in the Philippines will not only find employment but thrive in the post-COVID-19 labor market.
With the right policies, enough jobs can be created to employ returning workers and creating the opportunity for a new era in agricultural entrepreneurship in the region.