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The jobs that are the most in-demand for expats in the Philippines

Hello,

We invite you to share some information regarding the job market for expats in the Philippines. This information will be incredibly helpful to anyone considering moving there, so we're very grateful for your contribution.

What are the types of jobs that are easily accessible to expats in the Philippines?

What are the ones most in-demand for expats?

Which industry and/or jobs have limited workforce?

Are there any existing surveys, data, or reports done regarding this topic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

me too i am interested to know

I have been living here for two years now and I didn't receive a single interview or even a call from anyone!!!!

I hope other expats are having better luck than mine and will to share it.

after 5 years, two of them actively searching for a job here, I would have to say that the current labour laws here are truly against an expat getting a job here.  I have received a couple of calls but that is out of over 500 applications to jobs that i am highly qualified for with all the requirements asked.  Yet there is very little call for an expat. Once i was even told I was not qualified to teach English, although I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have taught English in a variety of cultures and to a variety of ages.  I have pretty much given up on my search here now.

I will say I am the same, I was looking for jobs in Construction, as I was Project Manager for Monolite Construction, my experiences go over 20 years in Building, Australia and Europe, but yet here all my Qualifications are worth less, I did send lots and lots of applications, I am not sure how many but I will say maybe 50+ Angeles City, Manila and Subic Bay.. so now I give up on the job in Philippines, we are not treated here nice when it comes to jobs, but they expect other Country to treat Philippines nice, haha joke is on them..

Think! 
If finding a job was possible here, many people who left the Philippines would come home.

Job market for expats?  Are you serious? Speaking for myself as a 64 yr. old expat with a decent pension, i did not come to this developing 3rd world country  to compete against the locals to work 9 hours per day, 6 days per week for 40.00 dollars (P 2,000) per week. They don't want us working here taking away the few jobs available for the locals. Why do you think 10% of the population leaves the country to work as OFW's  for a livable  salary to raise there families here? The unemployment rate is like 6,5 % .  Then don't  want us expats opening small businesses here competing with similar local businesses unless you have a majority Filipino partner.  We cant buy land here  only condos . They pretty much just want us to spend our pensions and  obey the law.  So relax, find a good woman and enjoy your sunset years. I am and could not be happier living here retired.

I know last year in baguio at the UDC building 2cond floor a Korean company offered me an Australian 35kpesos a month to teach koreans English. Unfortunately as good as my English skills are my computer skills were basically none.Any American or Australian they will happily grab an give a Job to they favour American or Australian accent the most.The company's name well that i cannott remember. But its a guaranteed job opportunity for American british or Australian. Native Filipinos are only paid 10 to 12kpesos a month American or Australian 35kpesos a month. I cannott remember the name only that they are screaming for American an Australian speaking teachers. The UdF UDC building is where the Jobs are .

Make sure you have a work permit here. If they catch you with out one, its jail time and automatic deportation.

Scott1953 is right on the mark.   I could not have expressed my feelings on expats looking for work in the Philippines in any other way.  I also know a few expats here who have made an attempt to set up a business here or bought an existing business with little success.  An Aussie friend of mine bought a little Oceanside bara year ago, but now has sold his house back in Australia for more funds to pump into his business here.   For sure, he did not have a solid business plan.   
Most foreigners who are working here successfully, are employed by a foreign owned company that may be based here from their home country.   Other than that, enjoy your living here, but have a flow of funds coming here from your home country.

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:D. Alien : synonym of foreigner  :D

Spot on Bob18. The larger % of employed expats are with the multi-nationals, NGO's, or foreign governments. However, finding a job pretty much entails the same as how one would really get work in 1st world country; relationship building. 500 resumes in any country will probably not get you much of a response. It has and always will be about "who you know" - your network of friends and business acquaintances.

That also depends on where you are living. If in some boon-dock town with roosters and pigs running around you are probably well out of luck. Metro areas like Makati City are fantastic for business relationship development. Lots of business related functions and other social avenues to tap.

There are those expats who succeed in the own small businesses; and those who fail. I would never blame the Filipino's - the culture, the corruption, etc. We have all lived here long enough to know the score. It is their country and we are guests regardless...swim or sink. Time for some BBQ pork and SanMig!

French you really need to get life for yourself, and stop been against  foreigners, we all here, by now know how you feel about us, but maybe it is  time to let it go, and try to live happy life, you are very bitter about us living here or making good life for us and for one or few of you people, we are here for purpose and that is to give some of you nice life, but you don't get that, feel sorry for you..

Lach that is very interesting what you said about us been guests here, I know if they happen to be in Australia and in the USA or Canada or other well developed Country and if they are permanent residence they are not guests in this Country's, but then who are we here if we are permanent resident ?? are we guests ?? are we tourists ?? or are we some kind of in between who never left and never meant to be here ??? or we do not exist here ??

@Samangelevski I have nothing against foreigners ! I have been myself a foreigner in the Philippines (French) for many years before becoming a bi-national ! What I don't like is people like you who are racists and proud of it and who would like to make us believe that you work for the good of the Filipinos ! 

Most countries in Asia are like the Philippines, very nationalistic in their laws, particularly for the jobs and ownership. In the case of the Philippines, the unemployment is 6% but the under employment is close to 30% (selling cigarettes in the street etc.). Beyond the BPO industry, there is not enough jobs. So millions are going abroad... Only foreigners with specific skills can find a job, in the Philippines. If this skill is not known but in demand in the Philippines, you have a chance to find employment. For example, you speak French, you have a big chance to find a job in a call center, because very few Filipinos can speak fluent French. But the Filipinos will have the priority for English speaking call centers compared to native Americans/Australians etc.
So if you have common skills found also in Filipino workers you will never receive any answer from companies you applied for. Even if you sent 1000 motivation letters and CV.... The priority will be always for the Filipino workers. For the same qualifications, the Filipino workers will be cheaper. In international companies, most of the positions will be also for Filipinos. Only the executive positions will be for the foreigners....

geolefrench :

@Samangelevski I have nothing against foreigners ! I have been myself a foreigner in the Philippines (French) for many years before becoming a bi-national ! What I don't like is people like you who are racists and proud of it and who would like to make us believe that you work for the good of the Filipinos ! 

Most countries in Asia are like the Philippines, very nationalistic in their laws, particularly for the jobs and ownership. In the case of the Philippines, the unemployment is 6% but the under employment is close to 30% (selling cigarettes in the street etc.). Beyond the BPO industry, there is not enough jobs. So millions are going abroad... Only foreigners with specific skills can find a job, in the Philippines. If this skill is not known but in demand in the Philippines, you have a chance to find employment. For example, you speak French, you have a big chance to find a job in a call center, because very few Filipinos can speak fluent French. But the Filipinos will have the priority for English speaking call centers compared to native Americans/Australians etc.
So if you have common skills found also in Filipino workers you will never receive any answer from companies you applied for. Even if you sent 1000 motivation letters and CV.... The priority will be always for the Filipino workers. For the same qualifications, the Filipino workers will be cheaper. In international companies, most of the positions will be also for Filipinos. Only the executive positions will be for the foreigners....

true! I'm an expat from Indonesia and been living here or more than 2 years, working in BPO for Bahasa Indonesia support. so saying that foreigners are hard to find a job here is kinda ridiculous. if you apply for a job that most of the Filipinos can do, then why would the company hire you? don't you know the requirement for DOJ to accept your company's request to give you a working permit is to make sure that no Filipino can do your job in that company? apply for a  job that most Filipinos can't do it unlike you. if you're looking for a job in a hotel or construction or anything, then good luck. unless if you were assigned by your company abroad to be transferred to the Philippines.

samangelevski :

French you really need to get life for yourself, and stop been against  foreigners, we all here, by now know how you feel about us, but maybe it is  time to let it go, and try to live happy life, you are very bitter about us living here or making good life for us and for one or few of you people, we are here for purpose and that is to give some of you nice life, but you don't get that, feel sorry for you..

not just in the Philippines, but the term for foreigner is truly "alien". I believe he didn't mean to against foreigners, cause it is indeed the term

Thanks bob18, i just tell it like i see it.

You make some valid points samangelevski . I read one post where a retired ex pat teacher offered to teach in a school for free and he was told they did want his free services. lol This country is controlled by a handful of wealthy families, corporations  and politicians that do there bidding for over 70 years now.  I decided to concern myself  with a strong  US dollar, on making sure the beer is cold,  and the woman are plentiful. It will be my decision to stay as long as i feel welcome. I arrived with 2 suitcases and i will depart with 2 suitcases. I will not buy a car, condo or invest in this country. But i will say, the average Filipino has been more than helpful and friendly to me.  Mabuhay! lol

@Scott1953, I will maybe chock you, but when I learned English language in highschool a long time ago in France, we could not understand our American teacher from Texas. He could not understand French and so he could not understand us students ... So the school administrator asked him to leave and took a French teacher of English ... the progress was huge among the students. It is only much later, at university, that we enjoyed to have a native speaker of English as teacher. So I understand the position of the Filipino school which does not want an American teacher even for free.

Hey Frenchy, You maybe want to chock me or you maybe want to choke me? My , you seem so defensive. The expat with 20 years of teaching  experience thought he would offer his services for free. His intentions were sincere.  They never took the time to test for his abilities in the classroom. So that blows your brilliant theory to pieces.  Maybe you have a Degree in Education  from a Philippine University? Anyway, lighten up and pass the croissants.

samangelevski :

Lach that is very interesting what you said about us been guests here, I know if they happen to be in Australia and in the USA or Canada or other well developed Country and if they are permanent residence they are not guests in this Country's, but then who are we here if we are permanent resident ?? are we guests ?? are we tourists ?? or are we some kind of in between who never left and never meant to be here ??? or we do not exist here ??

Hi Sam. I guess I could have used a better word to describe my thought on residing in a foreign country like the PH. Maybe it would be better said, "maintaining a sense of being a guest"? In part, given that we are not (Eg) Filipino, nor citizens. or born in country. I have permanent residency (13A) and over the years have not lost that sense when it comes to (their) culture, customs, respect, etc. After XX years I still feel like a tourist; something new everyday! And in the governments eyes, we do exist...well....to at least pay taxes :)

Lach that is ok I was just kidding with you, I know who we are here, this is why we are on this expat site to tell each other our problems, that is all most of us have in common just lots of problems, I have my 13A visa too, but i am turist, but when times come to pay land tax and building tax thenh I am their best friend, and every time they say i did not pay for 5 or 7 years, then i ask them to check records, well they have non hey, but i show them my recipts, haha they so funny, but this happens every year and the same person, I am the only Australian here so not easy to forget, but they chose to forget, call them what you like, but they are not nice people..

Ha...thought i caught some humor in your comment :)
What? The gov does not have your records?  Haha....please tell me it ain't so!!

In my work people are surprised at the cost of performing due diligence investigations. Ist world has electronic gov records...PH has BongBong, Sunshine, Bobo, and JoJo in the back offices we have to pay to dig through stacks of papers - weeks later...hmmmm....

We are living the dream Sam....hahah!!

Scott sometimes is best not to argue with this type of people, by now you have notice reasoning with them is NIL, they do not have that skill yet, the brain did not developed it yet, I seen their construction here, I spend one year in Melbourne University just to study Conrate the how to mix it, it is like a recipes Ingredients, must be done correctly, means they have to have Slum and MPA coret and needs to be tested, but who is doing this ?? I see they mix however they like and very very wet, this is not a concrete but it is recipe for disaster,  the same when French makes bread if you do not add ingredients to recipes then there is no bread ok French, I tried to tell them what and how to do it, not a chance they are not interested, they tell me I was wrong about it, haha I have seen guys making Pool, so wrong and again tied to tell them how to Construct pool, again I was wrong, this are children, no way of understanding or reasoning, not even a little imagination.  there is NOTHING.

Yes Lach, no records, no building permit no occupancy permit, the excuse was they had rain and my records get destroyed, funny to all this but the rest of my paperwork is there, so they lost only the ones they want to lose, and all this is by City Hall..

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