Work in Manila


If you are planning to move to Manila, you are probably looking for a job. Here is an overview of the local labor market.

Manila is not only the Philippine capital city but also the country's economic heart. Although its current infrastructure needs to be redefined, particularly due to its growing population, it remains very welcoming toward foreigners. In fact, many career prospects are awaiting you in Manila if you are tempted by an international professional adventure. But it is best to be aware of its local labor market's condition and requirements before proceeding.


Manila's economy mainly relies on the following sectors: chemical industries, textiles, rope-making, coconut oil, shoe manufacturing, food, tobacco, finance, services and outsourcing. Therefore, finding a job in one of these fields should not be a difficult task.

The capital city also hosts many financial and commercial centers, namely the Makati Central Business District (CBD), the Rockwell Center, the Ortigas Center, the Ortigas Avenue (in the North), the EDSA Avenue (in the South), the Alabang Business District, the Fort Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood City and the Binondo area (Chinatown).

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As Manila regularly hosts job fairs, make sure to have an updated resume and cover letter within reach when visiting any of these. Many other annual professional events also take place in the capital city.

Labor market

During your job search, you have to bear in mind that you will be working in an Asian country where wages may be lower than those offered in many other countries. For instance, a factory or field worker may earn an average of 200 euros per month. Therefore, make sure to look for a job in companies that really require your skills so that you can better bargain regarding your salary.

Moreover, remember that you will require a work permit to be authorized to work in Manila. Therefore, your employer will have to apply for an Alien Employment Permit on your behalf at the Philippine embassy or consulate in your home country. In case you are already in the city, you can apply for the work permit yourself at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). If you have already got a job offer, you can as well request your future employer to apply for a work visa for you.

Find a job

You can start your job search on the Internet by browsing offers on general and specialized job websites, unless you are being reassigned to Manila by your present employer. Networking will also help thanks to professional social networks and expatriate forums. Otherwise, Manila's Bureau of Local Employment can also provide you will useful resources and job offers in its “Jobseekers” section.

 Useful links: - Work in Manila Forum - Jobs in Manila 
Bureau of Local Employment
Makati City
Islandexhibitlink - Job Fairs

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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very helpful article

2 years ago

Great tool set very informative for new people going or thinking about moving to the Philippines


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