I get many inquires here at PhilFAQS.com regarding working at a call center in the Philippines.
In particular, a lot of these queries come from foreigners, many of whom have one important qualification … they are English speakers.
Those who read my blog regularly know I always recommend foreigners seeking work in the Philippines explore other avenues … I’ve published many a post like this one (Thanks to Bob from New York for helping confirm I am not the only foreigner who thinks this way Jobs in the Philippines.)
But who am I to tell you what to desire? Many of you don’t want the experience of 10 years of extensive research and counselling and 6 years experience actually living in the Philippines.
Your grandpa had a job, your daddy had a job and now, by goodness, YOU want a job … in the Philippines.
So I have recently revised my dedicated Job Listings/Job Search page … right up there on the main top menu bar.
Go take a look and you’ll find three extremely powerful Job Search engines, each one will list thousands of jobs here in the Philippines.
In the order of effectiveness, rated by actual job seekers here in the Philippines whom I have recently interviewed, here are the top three job sources for foreigners in the Philippines.:
3rd place … CareerJet
2nd place … Indeed
1st, and my favorite by a long chalk:
This is not only one of the most comprehensive search engines I have ever seen, their website lists thousands of call center companies and page after page regarding call center (and other job) information than most people could eve possibly hope to learn.
They also have a long list of recruitment (head hunter) agencies, which can be an important source for getting one’s foot in the door for higher level jobs.
Best of luck to you all, and happy hunting. I’ll leave you with this current nation-wide averaged list of what you can expect as salary if you find work as a call center agent.
Here are the Current monthly salaries for Call Center Agents.
Position Level l Min (Peso) Average (Peso) Max (Peso)
Fresh Grad / < 1 Year Experienced Employee 10,000 12,000 14,000
1 to 4 Years experience 12,000 15,000 17,000
5 years experience/1st Level Supervisors 14,000 18,000 20,000
Do the math. When you convert these salaries into US Dollars they lose a lot of their luster, don’t they?
Remember, also, that jobs like these typically require weeks of training … at greatly reduced salary. You will also start making money weeks, or even a month after you start.
And taxes. You certainly will pay Philippine income taxes and other deductions for Philippine government benefits (which you will pay for, but probably won’t ever receive, unless you are a Philippine citizen). To be safe you should figure at least a 15% ‘hit’ will come off the top of your salary with one of these jobs.
Oh, and don’t forget, either. You still have to report this income to the US IRS,, although you may get credit for taxes paid to the Philippines, and you may be able to exclude certain Foreign Earned income.
As we say in the used car business, Let the Buyer Beware”.
Have fun on JobStreet and the endless task of filling up application after application … but don’t you dare say Dave didn’t warn you.