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Emigrate to the Philippines

Planning to move to the Philippines? Besides its scenic landscapes and stunning islands and beaches, its rich history and various cultural influences add to the country's appeal as an expat destination. Check out our guide to help you get started.

An Expat’s Guide to Working in the Philippines

An Expat’s Guide to Working in the Philippines

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Do you want to work and live in the Philippines? In this post, you will find some tips and useful information when you want to find a job in this beautiful tropical country.

First off, we want to tell you that getting a job in the Philippines for Filipinos is hard work, and it is even more challenging for foreigners. In particular, foreigners are prohibited by law from obtaining traditionally local professions. 

That said, employers only hire foreigners if they can’t find a local to fill a specific role. Note, however, that it also depends on your qualifications and in which field you want to work in the Philippines. 

Still, with a little perseverance, there are various career opportunities in the country. The country has a flexible job market with permanent and contractual positions. The skilled workforce is competitive and English language proficiency is a requirement for many positions.
What does it take to work in the Philippines?

What does it take to work in the Philippines?

When you want to work in the Philippines, speaking English is almost a necessity. Some companies may require a university degree, depending on the position you are applying for. It is also common for companies to ask for your birth certificate.

To work in the Philippines you will also need a work visa. Hopefully, if you find a good company they will process it themselves, or at least will guide you throughout the process. In addition to a work visa, you may also be required to submit an application for a Philippines Alien Employment Permit (AEP), which will be issued by the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). This permit will normally be valid for one year, although its validity might also depend on your employment contract.
Main productive areas to work in the Philippines

Main productive areas to work in the Philippines

Wages in the Philippines are quite low if we compare them with European wages or other countries in the world. The sectors in which the most jobs are offered include the following:

  • Finances: Many Philippine or multinational companies based in this country are in the process of expansion or internationalization, which requires workers to help them carry out this transit.
  • Marketing/Advertising and Communication
  • Call Center: Many telephone and service companies locate their customer service centers in countries such as the Philippines, where hiring people is less expensive than in Europe or the United States.
  • IT (Computer Systems)
  • Engineering
Working in the Philippines: Useful tips and recommendations

Working in the Philippines: Useful tips and recommendations

  • Work permits for foreigners are not normally issued, although there may be some exemptions for certain professions and sectors.
  • Anyone who speaks or can at least reasonably communicate in the English language has an advantage when working in the Philippines.
  • Industries that offer the most opportunities for migrants include tourism and business process outsourcing. Expats may also consider teaching a foreign language.

  • Companies in the country might request either a resume or a CV from the applicants.

  • To qualify for job offers, often, it is only necessary to have a tourist visa (in the case of citizens from countries where this requirement is required). If you fit into an offer, companies will be in charge of managing the remaining procedures related to hiring.

  • Large companies or multinational businesses are the ones that publish the most job offers. Many of them are moving to the Philippines or want to open branches there.
Philippines: A fantastic place to consider for expats

Philippines: A fantastic place to consider for expats

With a tropical climate, scenic destinations, a thriving economy, and warm and welcoming locals, it’s not surprising that the Philippines has become the top country of choice among expats. 
When you are not working, there is no shortage of sights and attractions, and fun things that you can do in the Philippines. In a country with more than 7,000 islands, there is room for anyone looking for nature, adventure, and cultural experience in this beautiful Asian country.