Work in Manila

Manila cityscape
Updated 2019-08-30 13:11

Manila, also referred to as the National Capital Region, is the capital city of the Philippines and the country’s economic heart. This bustling city proved to be very welcoming toward both foreigners and expats. Many exciting careers await you in Manila if you know where to look. But, it is crucial to be aware of the local labour market conditions and laws before finally deciding to relocate to Manila. 

Manila hosts many financial and commercial centres, namely the Makati Central Business District, Rockwell Center, Ortigas Center, Alabang Business District, Bonifacio Global City, Eastwood City and Binondo area (Chinatown). This is where most of the top international corporations have their headquarters offices. These places are the most likely locations to find job opportunities.

Your job search in Manila

Finding a job in Manila involves the same techniques and strategies that you would use in your home country to catch a good position of employment. If you are currently affiliated with a multinational company with offices around the world, including the Philippines, you can negotiate with your superior about the potential of a transfer to Manila. You can also browse the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) website which is a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility established to provide helpful services like career counselling, referrals, and labour market particulars and facts for hopeful job seekers.

Manila is a city that moves with the help of technology. Like most countries, almost anything can be searched online, including finding employment. You can take the first step in your job search online by browsing the following websites:

Job seekers can also look in the classifieds section of newspapers for job openings in Manila. Otherwise, Manila's DOLE can also provide you with useful resources and job offers in its “Jobseekers” section.

Professional networking in Manila

Networking is also a great technique in meeting the right professionals who can help you secure employment in Manila. LinkedIn website, which acts as a gateway to valuable connections doubles as a source of job openings. Expatriate forums can also prove to be a great avenue to make those connections. Find out more in our article about professional networking in Manila.

Wages in Manila

During your job search in Manila, it is important to bear in mind that you will be working in an Asian country where salaries may be lower than those offered in Western countries. For instance, the minimum hourly wage in Manila as of 2019 is 537 pesos (around USD 10.51) for the non-agriculture sector and 500 pesos (around USD 9.78) for agriculture (plantation and non-plantation), retail establishments employing 15 workers or less, and manufacturing establishments employing less than ten workers. 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 are in a better position to bargain on your salary. It should also be noted that even though the pay is less, the cost of living can be significantly less too.

Moreover, remember that you will require a work permit to be authorised to work in Manila. Therefore, your company 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 have already arrived in the country, you can apply for a work permit yourself at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). If you already secured a job offer, you may request your soon-to-be employer to apply for a work visa for you. This is a more straightforward approach to be an expat in the Philippines as your employer will be the one arrange your visa for you.

 Useful links:

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

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