The question of jobs in the Philippines must be one of the most frequently asked questions by both locals and foreigners.
There is a high rate of unemployment in the Philippines, which makes it even harder for a foreigner to find a decent paying job, as compared to UK or U.S, here in the Philippines. However, that is not to say that there are no jobs in the Philippines available for foreigners. It’s just that the pickings aren’t as plump as elsewhere.
The process in trying to land one of those jobs is so much tougher as you have to compete with the locals. This is because the Philippines government doesn’t encourage foreigners to work here.
When jobs are scarce, it is a natural policy for any government to look after the welfare of its citizens first. Hence, to be able to secure jobs in the Philippines, foreigners and potential employers need to justify and demonstrate to the Department of Labour (DOLE), that the expertise required for a particular job cannot be fulfilled by a local. This leaves foreigners very little room to manoeuvre with regards to jobs in the Philippines. Having said that, there are some jobs in the Philippines that foreigners like us can apply for.
Lately, the Philippines has been one of the leading destinations for Koreans to learn English. In this category, there are quite a few jobs that a fluent English speaking foreigner can apply for. But you have to be prepared to accept wages that are substantially lower than those you find in first world countries.
It is not uncommon to be paid between 600 to 1,000php per day as an English tutor and you also have to be prepared to work a 6 days week.
Another area which foreigners can look into with respect to jobs in the Philippines is work in Philippine “Call Centers”. These are essentially companies that are dealing with technical support or telemarketing for other companies in Europe or the U.S. the paradigm shift in the way multinational companies conduct their business have resulted in many of them outsourcing their business process. Hence, we get the acronym “BPO” which essentially stand for “Business Process Outsourcing”.
Many of these call centers are in need of trainers who can teach and train the call center agents the proper “Americanized” accent in order that there will be no communication barrier between the client and the agent. Those of you who are more skilled in the technical aspect of a call center setup can apply as a technical support engineer as well.
The reason is that most of the technology for setting up a call center like VOIP is imported from the U.S. Mind you, the pay that you will get is nowhere near the scale that you will get in the more developed countries.
Technical support or telemarketing in call centers, is not the only area where companies are outsourcing their business processes. As part of their cost cutting measures and streamlining of their business processes, they are also contracting out jobs like data entry, legal and medical transcriptions, even accounting. These jobs are more knowledge based and are easier to acquire if you have the relevant qualifications.
Nevertheless, always remember to get a work permit before you take up any kind of job in the Philippines. Unless you are working as a freelancer or offshore, you will be required to get a work permit from the Department of Labour. Failure to do so can get you into a lot of trouble and even deported by the immigration authorities.
Do remember though that there are a lot of highly educated, unemployed Filipinos looking for work at whatever salary. The bottom line for foreigners in the Philippines is not to come here and look for work, you are far better working in your own country and then coming over here without the requirement to look for work locally.
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