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80% of Companies in Philippines to Maintain or Increase Employment Headcount in 2021: Survey

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES
– Media OutReach – 10 February 2021 – Professional recruitment services, Michael Page Philippines launched
the Talent Trends 2021 Report, with a
keen eye on the Filipino job market. Data from
the study suggests a growing optimism with 35% of companies in the Philippines looking
to increase their headcounts and 45% maintaining status quo in 2021.

Olly Riches,
Managing Director of Michael Page Indonesia & Philippines

 

Olly Riches, Managing Director of Michael
Page Indonesia & Philippines
, says,
“We
are seeing positivity increase across the board with regards to recruitment and
hiring in the Philippines. While the country’s e-commerce and logistics sectors
aren’t as developed as other Asia Pacific markets, the traditional consumer
markets have remained robust and are assisting in the economic recovery.”

In
view of the economic demands, the sectors earmarked for highest hiring activity
are e-commerce, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, technology
& telecommunications as well as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG).

According to the report, there is a strong
demand for technology professionals at all levels where companies have adjusted
to the rapidly evolving business landscape, often bringing in external skills
sets to accelerate these changes. Separately, we’re seeing an increase in
hiring across e-commerce particularly within fintech, logistics and consumer
platforms. “Acquiring and retaining high potential talent will be crucial to enable
companies to build sustainable operations to position for future growth,”
observes Olly Riches. 


According
to the report, 76% of employed technology professionals in the Philippines anticipate
looking for new opportunities in 2021 while another 20% is open to new ones. When
securing a new position, Olly Riches advises
professionals, “Companies are looking for technology hires with proven
capabilities via third-party assessment, as well as those with solid experience
working on different projects.”

As
a viable option to bridge skill gaps arising from their move to business
recovery in 2021, 56% of companies in the Philippines cited their continued investment in employees by
upskilling the workforce with training while 56% turned to the use of
automation for basic processes.

Filipino
professionals have also been empowered with the wealth of information available
to them when considering a new job offer. 1 in 3 of the study’s respondents
claimed they did extensive research on the company before applying for a job.

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Media OutReach Expands into China with Strategic Partnership with Xinhua Finance Agency

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The newswire continues growing its foothold in Asia by opening its 7th office in the region

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – Media OutReach , the first global newswire founded in Hong Kong in 2009, today announces its business expansion into China. The partnership with Xinhua Finance Agency (XFA) is a strategic one as XFA has a thorough understanding of local client needs from working closely with the business community in the country.

XFA has a close partnership with Xinhua News Agency and is a member of the Belt and Road Economic Information Partnership (BREIP). The BREIP was initiated by Xinhua News Agency and co-founded by more than 30 news and information service agencies in countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) routes, with the aim to promote communication and cooperation among the B&R countries through information services. As a member of BREIP, XFA has an extensive connection to the news and information industry and is well positioned to provide comprehensive press release distribution across China in its alliance with Media OutReach.

“It is our great pleasure to represent Media OutReach in China. Combining XFA’s market knowledge and Media OutReach’s worldwide media network is a harbinger of success. We are confident this new venture will bring about a higher level of professional service to the news distribution industry in China with increased cost efficiency. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with Media OutReach,” said Mr. Nick Ng, president of XFA.

This partnership is further strengthened with XFA’s commitment to act as Media OutReach’s content partner in China and across the B&R countries. All news releases distributed by Media OutReach will be posted on all news sites of XFA comprising three different languages, ensuring high visibility among business communities.

“For some clients, our service has brought business partnerships and investment opportunities for them when a story by the media based on the news they received through our press release distribution service built investors’ confidence in fund raising activities by the clients,” explains Ms Jennifer Kok, founder and CEO of Media OutReach.

Media OutReach brings PR professionals, journalists, and editors in China closer together to foster an all-inclusive system of information distribution. This helps PR professionals build media relations with journalists and editors in their target regions.

“We have a vast database of media contacts where we deliver clients’ news directly to the email inbox of journalists and editors across unlimited news categories to help optimise news write ups and support them in building relations with the media in their target countries. Our distribution will connect communication professionals in China directly to the media in Asia Pacific, USA, UK, and other strategic regions and vice-versa, adds Ms Kok.

Media OutReach is also the first newswire in the industry that offers guaranteed online news postings on established media by language depending on the country the news is distributed to. For each distribution in China, the newswire provides close to 300 online news postings that includes key news sites such as Netease (网易网) ,Sohu (搜狐网), Sina China (新浪看点), Tencent (腾讯企鹅号),TouTiao (今日头条), iFeng (凤凰网), Zhong Guo Wang (中国网), Xueqiu (雪球), EastMoney (东方财富), Xinhua Finance (新华财金社), Xinhua Business (新华商讯), China Finance (中华财经), The Xinhua (新华在线) and many others.

“To support our clients in China, we have translated all our post-news release distribution reports from English to Simplified Chinese to demonstrate our commitment to the China market and local clients. With this service enhancement, we will be the only global newswire that offers post release report in Simplified Chinese,” emphasises Ms Kok.

Media OutReach’s proprietary post news release reports with ‘Media and Journalist Insights’ provides PR professionals with information on how many editors and journalists have accessed their press release by publication and by country for Asia Pacific, USA, and UK. This information is especially important for Chinese companies looking to make an impact on the international stage. These insights demonstrate how much media attention their press releases have garnered and set the foundation for building their relations with the journalists and editors from the country they have been building their communication program.

About Media OutReach

Media OutReach Newswire was founded in Hong Kong in 2009. Media OutReach is a technology company that distributes multimedia, multilingual press releases directly to targeted editors and journalists, and automate the reporting process. The company’s news release service supports the public relations, social marketing and digital agencies and introduces groundbreaking refinements to their distribution service by offering guaranteed online news postings on authentic news media.

From Hong Kong, the company has expanded across the region and internationally with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as international reseller partnerships in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Today, Media OutReach has grown to be the first global newswire founded in the Asia Pacific region and the only one with its own distribution network in 24 countries across Asia Pacific region, possessing a database of more than 130,000 journalists and 460 media partnerships to provide authentic, guaranteed news postings online and pioneering post release reports with insights and measurements.

For more information on Media OutReach, please visit https://www.media-outreach.com/.

About Xinhua Finance Agency

Xinhua Finance Agency (XFA) devotes itself to providing global financial institutions with news, materials and information concerning China’s business world, and aims to become a Fintech company bridging China and overseas countries. Main businesses of XFA include news and data, enterprise public relations service, forum & investment promotion conference, and enterprise cross border investment consultation service.

XFA is the gateway for the global community to gain true access to the heart of China’s business world. XFA empowers global investors with information to help them succeed in today’s China business world.

For more information on Xinhua Finance, please visit: http://en.xfafinance.com/html/About/background.html

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HKGSEO Provides Free Website SEO Analysis and Consulting Services

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – The COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for nearly a year. The sharp fall in the street traffic has been affecting core shopping districts everywhere. In addition, under the “Anti-epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the ” Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme subsidy. Increasing number of large and medium-sized enterprises have turned to the online market, setting up websites and opening online shops, in an effort to open up online sales channels to recover some of their businesses during the epidemic.

As many companies are not familiar with website technology, website optimization and SEO promotion are often ignored. In fact, SEO is one of the highest ROI of many online marketing channels and it is worthy of a long-term investment.

HKGSEO has performed SEO for more than 500 enterprises, with the SEO process bringing considerable traffic and sales to the companies. Leveraging on their years of experience, they now provide free website analysis (worth HK$2,000) for all content types. Here are some website analysis projects HKGSEO has engaged in:

CMS Web Content Management System

We recommend using the most popular CMS in the market to build a website. Well-known CMS such as WordPress, Wix, Shopline, and Shopify will make it easier to manage web content and make the website easier to crawl and index by search engines.

HKGSEO hence cautions against web design companies that use their own CMS. Generally speaking, these websites are not SEO friendly. For example, they might have undesirable attributes such as duplicate page titles, dynamic URLs, or category pages that cannot update new content, etc. These attributes are disadvantageous to implementing SEO plans, which ultimately leads to the redesigning of the entire website, resulting in a much higher cost.

SSL Website Security Certificate

If your website does not have an SSL certificate (HTTPS) installed, it will be marked as an insecure website by the browser, which will adversely affect the credibility and conversion rate. SSL should be installed immediately to protect customer information, especially for e-commerce websites. There are some free SSLs available on the market, such as Let’s Encrypt, with paid premium certificates recommendation by online shops.

Mobile Version of The Website

The latest personal computer and Internet penetration survey published by the Census and Statistics Department shows that more than 5.97 million people in Hong Kong have mobile phones, and 99.7% of the users access the Internet on smartphones, higher than those connected to computers or other devices. Besides, Google has launched the Mobile-First Indexing mobile version of content priority indexing. If your website does not have a mobile version, the ranking will be poor and a lot of traffic will be lost.

Website Loading Speed

According to research, more than 68% of viewers will leave a website when it takes more than 3 seconds to open. The main reason for the slow loading is the use of shared hosting or non-local hosting. Switching to local hosting, SSD or CDN can effectively improve the loading speed.

Website Content

Is the website content of high quality? Does it answer the questions of potential consumers? To build up the content, some corporate websites have piled up keywords, and some have published blog articles regularly. However the content of the articles is sometimes plagiarized from news media. Plagiarism makes search engines recognize the overall website quality as low, which will in turn affect the ranking.

Websites and online shops are platforms that promote businesses. An optimized website will reward twice the results with half the effort of both online and offline marketing campaigns combined.

Please log onto www.hkgseo.com, fill in the website, email and contact number, and our network promotion experts will reply within one working day and arrange a free SEO analysis and consultation.

About HKGSEO

HKGSEO focuses on website SEO services. It is founded and operated by former Google employees. The company is based in Hong Kong and has branches in Shenzhen, Singapore and Australia. It is committed to providing affordable, one-stop digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises. Digital marketing solutions include: SEO, SEM, social media promotion and web design, etc.

Website (Chinese):www.hkgseo.com

Website (English):www.hkgdigital.com

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Unique French-English bilingual programme at the Canadian International School (CIS) expanding from August 2021

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – The Canadian International School (CIS) in Singapore is delighted to announce the expansion of its unique French-English bilingual programme at the Lakeside campus with the opening of a class in grade 1, 2 and 5 starting in August 2021. Going forward, the programme will now be available to students at its Lakeside campus from grade 1 through to grade 5.

“We are extremely excited about the programme’s expansion as we are the only international school in Singapore to offer a French-English bilingual program fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate PYP framework, ” says CIS Head of School Pete Corcoron. “We are delighted students can now take advantage and enjoy the programme’s unique benefits for a longer period.”

The decision to open up an additional class underscores CIS’ reputation as one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer bilingual programmes. In addition to CIS’s French-English bilingual programme they also offer a Chinese-English bilingual programme for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6.

The French-English bilingual programme objective

To educate students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in both French and English.

Key features of the French-English bilingual programme

Each class has two qualified teachers — one English speaker and one French speaker. Instruction is inquiry-based and fully aligned to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Students have equal exposure to both languages — classes are in English one day and French the next.

CIS’ teaching approach

All learning is done through inquiry. Wherever possible, CIS uses authentic materials (such as songs, stories, TV and websites) instead of textbooks, and engage students in active, hands-on activities like acting out plays, cooking and participating in quizzes. The school places a strong emphasis on creating authentic experiences where learning mirrors real-life activities. CIS don’t do any translating. All learning is done through immersion.

Who can enrol?

While language requirements do apply, CIS welcomes students from all backgrounds. Some students are French native-speakers while others have been educated in a French-speaking school or have a strong connection and passion for the French language.

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