Remote Job Opportunities on the Rise in Southeast Asia, Says LinkedIn

LinkedIn lists Southeast Asian industries with the most job openings for 2021.

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( Most companies immediately adopted digitalization as soon as Metro Manila was put under community quarantine in March 2020. Organizations streamlined business functions and employees started working remotely; those caught in between were either laid off or forced to catch up with digital skills. The trend is likely to continue in 2021, according to employment-oriented online service LinkedIn, which recently released their annual "Jobs on the Rise" report showing career categories that have seen the highest year-over-year growth rates in hiring. The timeframe used was from April 2020 to October 2020.

"This list of jobs on the rise demonstrates that there are still opportunities for job seekers with a range of skills and experience. By adopting a lifelong learning mindset, and being open to picking up new skills through various courses—for example, courses on digital skills or soft skills—workers can prepare themselves to take up these emerging roles," said Frank Koo, Head of Asia, Talent and Learning Solutions for LinkedIn.


Consumers in Southeast Asia, the Philippines included, have gone increasingly digitalsome doing it for the first time. LinkedIn reported that one in three of digital service consumers in the region were new to the service and 94% of them are likely to stick with the available digital platforms moving forward. With this landscape, demand for workers with tech skills remain, from data analysts to e-commerce roles. Traditional roles have also evolved: healthcare evolved to health technology while the academe demanded tech-savvy workers.

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Here are the top 15 job opportunities on the rise in Southeast Asia:

Data analyst

Top titles: Business Operations Analyst, Business Development Analyst, Analysis Specialist, Business Analyst, Data Analyst

Top skills: Data Analysis, Data Visualization, Analytical Skills, SQL, Requirements Analysis

Software and technology

Top titles: Web Developer, Systems Analyst, Mobile Application Developer, Full Stack Engineer, Frontend Developer, DevOps Consultant

Top skills: JavaScript, Web Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MySQL, HTML5

Cyber security

Top titles: Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Specialist, Cyber Security Consultant, Information Security Specialist

Top skills: Penetration Testing, Information Security, Security Information and Event, Management (SIEM), Cybersecurity, Vulnerability Assessment

Specialised engineering

Top titles: Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Engineering Team Lead

Top skills: SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Structural Engineering

Digital content specialist

Top titles: Editor, Copywriter, Podcaster, YouTuber, Video Editor

Top skills: Public Speaking, Proofreading, Video Editing, Adobe Premiere Pro, Creative Writing

Digital marketing specialist

Top titles: Social Media Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Social Media Marketing Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Marketing Analyst


Top skills: Social Media Marketing, Copywriting, Google Analytics, Lead Generation, Digital Marketing

Public relations

Top titles: Public Relations Coordinator, Director Of Public Relations, Public Relations Specialist, Public Relations Manager, Public Relations Officer

Top skills: Public Relations, Media Relations, Press Releases, Event Management, Social Media Marketing


Top titles: Online Specialist, Ecommerce Coordinator

Top skills: Online Marketing, Shopify, E-commerce, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Amazon Seller Central

Business development and sales

Top titles: Sales Specialist, Account Manager, Account Executive, Business Development Specialist

Top skills: Negotiation, Account Management, Business Development, Business Planning, Lead Generation

Customer service

Top titles: Customer Service Executive, Customer Experience Manager, Customer Support Specialist, Contact Centre Specialist, Customer Service Team Lead

Top skills: Customer Service, Customer Experience, Customer Support, Team Leadership, Technical Support

Supply chain

Top titles: Distributor, Logistics Supervisor, Operational Specialist, Logistics Manager, Head Of Supply Chain Management

Top skills: Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehouse Operations, Logistics Management, Inventory Management

Healthcare and medical support

Top titles: Medical Technologist, Pharmacy Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Medical Officer, Medical Specialist

Top skills: Healthcare, Medical Assisting, Pharmaceutics, Medical Education, Clinical Research


Top titles: English Second Language Teacher, Chinese Teacher, Academic Tutor, Information Technology Teacher, Mathematics Tutor

Top skills: Educational Leadership, Curriculum Development, Language Teaching, English as a Second Language (ESL), Tutoring

Finance and insurance

Top titles: Financial Advisor, Accountant, Financial Planner, Finance Specialist, Insurance Agent

Top skills: Financial Planning, Insurance, Risk Management, Financial Analysis, Accounting

Healthcare and medical frontline

Top titles: Medical Doctor, General Practitioner, Medical Officer, Nurse, Paramedic

Top skills: Nursing, Medicine, Healthcare, Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Medicine


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