Foreigner Jobs. This is always one of my popular and searched for items … Jobs for Americans in the Philippines. Personally, if I had to have a J*O*B I’d rather have one in the US, but who am I to tell others what to do.
Jobs for foreigners in the Philippines have traditionally been hard to come by … at least decent ones that pay anything like US-style wages. There are some number of Western corporations with operations here and living allowances with those sorts of jobs tend to be very good … but it’s very difficult to get into something like that from the outside .. typically folks in those positions are workers who have been with the company for years and were selected internally for what is usually regarded as a “plum” position.
An example as to how good working here can be with the right pay and benefits package would be the US State Department folks at the US Embassy. Some reliable info I had last year indicates Foreign Service jobs in Manila are traditionally the most sought after of all the State department positions, and more than 85% of the folks selected to work here ask to extend their tours … but I doubt I have many Sate department prospects among my readers. Also, this information was gathered before the US dollar started down the tubes. devaluation of the US dollar is a real consideration for any prospective overseas worker who is going to be paid in dollars … the ‘greenback’ isn’t what it used to be.
You must have permission to work in the Philippines .. either a specific ‘work visa’ which must be applied for by the company who wants to hire you, or be a legal permanent resident, such as a 13(a), 13(g) or SRRV (Special resident Retirement Visa) holder.
Important Correction. I am leaving the note below for historical purposes, but it appears to be incorrect.
Thanks to reader David for the info that shows the DOLE specifically does NOT require Employment Permits for Permanent Visa Holders. A “catch” to continue to watch for, though, is that Special Resident Retirement Visas (SRRV) visas, although permanent residency visas in all cases, come in two forms. The ones which require a proven pension income specifically DO NOT allow visa holders to work in the Philippines.
(Important Note: Although the permanent visas I mentioned sometimes do convey the privilege to work here, it is never automatic. ALL aliens must get a working permit from the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) … a lot of foreigners seem to get this part wrong … it’s a common reason for people being deported or sitting in Immigration Jail)
Many jobs are available in the ‘Teaching English as a Second Language” field. In general these tend to be relatively low pay and long hours, as the schools involved cater mainly to students from Korea who are looking for bargain education in the Philippines. 600 to 1,000 Philippine Pesos per day is a common wage and you can plan on 6 days of work per week.
The current ‘boom industry in the Philippines is what’s loosely called “call centers”, which typically come in two flavors, inbound and outbound. Inbound call centers take calls for customer service, online sales, requests for catalogs and information, etc. Outbound centers are mostly in the telemarketing sales area, calling businesses to solicit space in directories, setting appointments for sales calls and making add-on sales to customers who have already bought something from a company.
But the biggest growth area is in BPO … Business Process Outsourcing which covers areas such as data entry, transcription of doctors and lawyer’s case notes, entering sales into accounting ledgers and numerous other ‘back room’ chores that big businesses need warm bodies for.
Foreigners are typically sought as language coaches and trainers and may advance to team leaders and other second-level supervisory positions. 18,000 to 30,000 PhP per month is a ballpark pay figure, normally for 5 day work weeks, but remember that night-time here in the Philippines is when the work needs to be done and customer service style positions are going to require 24x7x365 coverage, so new people are looking at a lot of weekend and midnight shift work.
I recently came across a pretty comprehensive listing of jobs in the Philippines, centered on Cebu, which i am happy to pass on … http://www.cebu-philippines.net/philippines-jobs.html
If working is your think, hopefully this can help …if you are interested in earning money without a job at all, you might like to visit my other blog, www.retiredpay.com or my friend Bob’s on-line Ways to Make a Living blog.
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So let me know your thoughts on foreigner jobs in the Philippines.