Work in the Philippines


The Philippine is very open towards foreign expertise. But how to proceed to find a job there? Find out in this article.

The Philippines has become conscious of the urgency of developing further its economy so that it can compete with other Asian countries. Nowadays, the country provides many opportunities that attract not only foreign professional but investors also. Hence, finding a job there should not be a difficult task, provided you have the qualifications and skills which are required locally. Take the time to inquire on its labor market's requirements and on working conditions and regulations before proceeding.


The billions of US dollars transferred by Filipinos working abroad are deemed to be the Philippine economy's backbone. In fact, a middle-class consumer society was built up through the citizens who chose to stay in the country. This situation started to attract foreign investors seeking to take advantage of this lucrative and dynamic market. More specifically, the increase in consumer expenditure currently accounts for 70% of the country's economy.

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The Philippine has been showing the strongest growth rate among Asian countries for a few years, despite a slowdown in the last quarter of 2014. Growth rate for the 11 previous months stood at more than 5%.

On the other hand, foreign investors seem to trust the anti-corruption platform set up by the current President of the Philippines. Thus, the stock exchange market has been given a new dynamism, just like the services sector, especially call centers.

However, much remains to be done. Indeed, the public transport system needs to be improved, as poorly planned and built roads very often give rise to traffic jam. Airports, ports, the electricity network, which is quite expensive (the highest rate in the whole of Asia), also have to be redefined. Finally, the Philippines often experiences natural disasters such as typhoons. This problem has to be addressed urgently.

Promising sectors

According to experts, the Philippine recruitment market is more robust than ever. This is demonstrated by the strong growth rate in accordance with the country's recent economic performance. Remember that the Philippines represents a strong rival to many big and developed Asian countries.

Moreover, local authorities have invested some US$ 10 billion in a massive infrastructure program involving the Global City 2, the Manila Light Rail Transit System, road extensions, etc. This has already created not less than 400,000 jobs. Companies are still looking for engineers (local and foreign), as well as other experienced senior profiles.

Despite rising wages and rapid career progression, local companies hardly find qualified and skilled workers in the country. So why not try your luck there, and by the same, enjoy an enriching personal and professional experience?

Social security

The Philippine social security system takes into account all employees and entrepreneurs. It provides coverage namely in cases of occupational accidents, diseases, maternity, retirement and disability. Foreigners, as well as their family members, are also eligible to the social security system.

To register with the social security system, the following documents have to be produced to the social security office:

  • two duly filled and signed E-1 form
  • a birth or baptismal certificate and a passport
  • your spouse's marriage certificate
  • your child's birth or baptismal certificate (in case of a child born before marriage – a birth certificate and proof of affiliation)
  • an adoption decree in the case of an adopted child.

In the absence of any of the above-mentioned documents, you can also produce one of the following documents provided these contain your name and date of birth (or that of your spouse and/or child):

  • employee's number
  • your Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) slip
  • your alien registration certificate
  • your driver's license
  • your marriage certificate
  • your children's birth certificate
  • a sworn affidavit by two witnesses proving that your name and date of birth are correct.


Having a SS number does not automatically guarantee the right to coverage. In fact, only employees are entitled to coverage. Moreover, you will use this number throughout your stay in the country.

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In case of identity theft, you are advised to register on the Philippine Social Security System website

 Useful links: – Work in the Philippines Forum – Jobs in the Philippines 
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