In a recent analysis conducted by JobStreet by SEEK, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) has once again emerged as the institution producing the most recruited graduates in the Philippine workforce. According to the findings, PUP alumni constituted a staggering 23.9 percent of the total hires in the dataset, securing the top position and underscoring their perceived effectiveness as team members in the job market.

Following closely behind PUP in the rankings are the University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University (DLSU), with 9.17 percent and 6.88 percent, respectively. These statistics not only highlight the academic excellence of these institutions but also their strong alignment with specific industries.

This comprehensive analysis was based on a survey that engaged more than 700 companies spanning various sizes and representing 42 different industries. The study drew from JobStreet’s extensive employer base to provide an insightful glimpse into the preferences of employers. Below is a breakdown of the top 10 Philippine universities and colleges preferred by employers:

  1. Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) — 23.9%
  2. University of the Philippines (UP) — 9.17%
  3. De La Salle University (DLSU) — 6.88%
  4. University of Santo Tomas (UST) — 5.28%
  5. Mapua Institute of Technology — 3.44%
  6. Batangas State University — 3.21%
  7. University of Mindanao — 2.29%
  8. University of Cebu — 2.06%
  9. Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) — 2.06%
  10. STI College — 2.06%

Furthermore, the data analysis also suggests that PUP graduates are in high demand across various sectors, including Call Center/Business Process Outsourcing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Manufacturing, and Wholesale Trading. Similarly, UP graduates find themselves sought after in these sectors, albeit to a slightly lesser extent.

In contrast, DLSU alumni tend to excel in Healthcare, Real Estate/Property, and IT industries, indicating the diversity of career opportunities for graduates of different institutions.

Beyond the academic reputation and industry alignment of these universities, the study reveals that recruiters consider attributes like hard work, self-esteem, alumni status, and location as influential factors in their hiring decisions.

This ranking sheds light on the evolving landscape of education and employment in the Philippines, emphasizing the significance of both institutional reputation and graduate attributes in shaping the preferences of employers. As the job market continues to evolve, graduates from these institutions will likely play a pivotal role in various industries across the country.


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