Fewer workers covered by flexi work setup: DOLE

WITH the resumption of the normal operations of more companies, fewer workers are now engaged in flexible work arrangement (FWA) and affected by temporary closure (TC), according to the latest data of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Based on its latest Job Displacement Report obtained by BusinessMirror, DOLE said there were only 339,171 workers from 4,761 companies, who are still under FWAs last September.

This was significantly lower compared to the 742,851 million workers under the FWA scheme in July 2021.

“Year-on-year comparison shows that all types of FWAs reported a decrease in the number of affected workers, with the largest drop from reduction of workdays [-59.9 percent or 234,322]followed by “others” [-25.6 percent or -88,003] and rotation of workers [-75 percent or -44,293],” DOLE said in the report.

“Others” cover FWAs, which do not fall in any of DOLE’s existing classifications.

There was also a drop in the number of TC-affected workers —at 138,339 or about a third of the 358,360 in July 2021.

Most or 1,951 of the companies that implemented FWAs are small enterprises.

On the other hand, more than half or 2,593 of the companies that engaged in TC are micro enterprises.

The government earlier said the resumption of face-to-face classes in August and the reemergence of the tourism industry enabled more employers to return to their prepandemic work arrangements.

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