Manila cityscape
Updated 5 months ago

If you are planning to move to Manila, you might be looking for a job as well. Here is an overview of the local labour market.

Manila, also called the National Capital Region (NCR) 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 await you in Manila if you are tempted by an international professional adventure. But it is best to be aware of its local labour market condition and requirements before proceeding.


According to the official website of the city of Manila, the following are the business opportunities by district:

  • District 1 – shipping, trucking, hauling companies, warehouses, and manufacturing.
  • District 2 – computer shops, repair shops, learning institutions, and car auto dealerships.
  • District 3 – appliance centres, hardware and heavy equipment supplies, jewellery shops, and department stores.
  • District 4 – flower shops, dormitories and lodging houses, bus stations, groceries, food chains, and shopping malls.
  • District 5 – first class hotels and restaurant, bars and cocktail lounges, gym and health spa, coffee shops, and shopping malls.
  • District 6 – bookstores, hotel and restaurants, dormitories, convenience stores, and computer shops.

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). These are where most of the top international corporations have their offices.

During your job search in Manila, you have to bear in mind that you will be working in an Asian country where wages may be lower than those offered in Western countries. For instance, the minimum hourly wage in Manila as of 2018 is 512 pesos (around $9 USD). It is, however, still the region with the highest minimum wage rate in the Philippines. 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.

Based on Philippine statistics, the top industries in terms of employment growth are (in order) financial and insurance, information and communication, transportation and storage, mining and quarrying, and real estate.

 Good to know:

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.

Find a job in Manila

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

 Useful links:

Bureau of Local Employment
National Wages and Productivity Commission
Government of Manila
Government of Makati
Islandexhibitlink Job Fairs

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