Work in the Philippines

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Updated 2020-04-30 13:07

The Philippines 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 its economy further so that it can compete with other Asian countries. In fact, it was one of the top three growth performers in South-East Asia after Vietnam and China according to the World Bank. Nowadays, the country provides many opportunities that attract not only foreign professional but investors as well. Hence, finding a job there should not be a difficult task, provided you have the qualifications and skills required locally. Take the time to inquire about its labour market's requirements and on working conditions and regulations before proceeding. Also, consider getting a free CV review at TopCV.


Once called the 'Sick Man of Asia', the Philippines is now running for the title of 'fastest-growing economy in the world' together with China, Vietnam, and India. The recent growth was due to strong exports, despite the significant slowdown of investment growth and with consumption growth moderated. Positively, it is believed that sustained economic growth is likely to continue due to its productive investments in physical and human capital.

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The Philippines has been showing the strongest growth rate among Asian countries for a few years, despite a slowdown in the last quarter of 2014, it moved to the top three in 2017. Growth rate for the first quarter of 2018 stood at 6.8% with an unemployment rate estimated at 5.3%.

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. In fact, the most vacancies as of 2018 belong to call centres according to PhilJobNet.

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 represent a strong rival to many big and developed Asian countries.

Moreover, local authorities have set in place their 2022 Prosperity Plan where they aim to create 7.5 million jobs between 2016 and 2022 in the key employment generating sectors of manufacturing, construction, tourism, IT-BPM, transportation and logistics, and wholesale and retail. So why not try your luck there, and by the same, enjoy an enriching personal and professional experience?

As of July 2014, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has noted the highest paid time-rate occupations in the country (average monthly in pesos):

  • Aircraft Pilots, Navigators and Flight Engineers ' 156,823
  • Wearing Apparel Production Supervisors and General Foremen ' 140,181
  • Geologists ' 101,471
  • Graphic Designers ' 99,658
  • Art Directors ' 76,612
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Fitters ' 76,550
  • Statisticians ' 56, 759
  • Crushing, Grinding and Chemical-Mixing Machinery Operators ' 49,646
  • Telecommunications Service Supervisors ' 48,270
  • Actuaries ' 47,519

Finding a job in the Philippines

The following are some of the useful job sites to find work in the Philippines:

  • PhilJobNet
  • LinkedIn
  • JobStreet
  • Monster
  • Indeed

Social security

The Philippine social security system (SSS) 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 for the social security system.

Normally, your employer will take care of your registration to SSS. To register with the social security system, the following documents have to be produced:

  • two duly filled and signed SS for E-1;

  • Primary documents (original of one of the following):

    • birth certificate

    • baptismal certificate

    • passport

    • driver's license

    • professional regulation commission (PRC) card

    • seaman's book

  • Secondary documents (in the absence of primary documents, submit original or certified true copies of two of the following):

    • Alien Certificate of Registration

    • ATM card with the cardholder's name

    • ATM card and certification from the issuing bank that the account number belongs to the cardholder if the card does not bear the cardholder's name

    • Bank Account Passbook

    • Birth/Baptismal Certificate of children

    • Certificate from:

      • Office of the Southern/Northern Cultural Communities

      • Office of Muslim Affairs

    • Certificate of Licensure/Qualification Document/Seafarer's ID & Record Book from the Maritime Industry Authority

    • Certificate of Naturalization issued by the Bureau of Immigration

    • Company ID

    • Company Representative Authorization Card issued by SSS

    • Credit Card

    • Fisherman's Card issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

    • GSIS Card/Certificate of Membership

    • Health or Medical Card

    • ID card issued by Local Government Units (e.g. Barangay/Municipality/City)

    • ID card issued by professional organizations recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)

    • Life Insurance Policy

    • Marriage contract

    • Membership card issued by private companies

    • NBI Clearance

    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) card

    • Pag-Ibig Member's Data Form

    • Permit to carry firearms issued by the Firearms & Explosives Unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP)

    • PHIC Member's Data Record

    • Police Clearance

    • Postal ID card

    • School ID

    • Seafarer's Registration Certificate issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

    • Senior Citizen Card

    • Tax Identification Number (TIN) Card

    • Temporary license and Student Permit issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

    • Transcript of School Records

    • Voter's Identification Card/Affidavit

  • A married person should also submit a marriage contract upon registration. If with reported legitimate children, the birth or baptismal certificate/s of child/ren; if with reported legitimated child/ren, birth certificate with annotation "legitimated;" if with reported legally adopted child/ren, decree of adoption. If reporting illegitimate children, birth or baptismal certificate(s) of children. In the absence of both, any of the following stating the relationship to the reported dependent/beneficiary:

    • School Record

    • Insurance Policy

    • Statement before a court


Having an 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.

Good to know:

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

Useful links:

Philippine Statistics Authority

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