Metro Manila · Working & Jobs
If not arranged beforehand, it might be very difficult for a Megacitizen to find an adequate job in Manila. Only international organizations and companies as well as the education sector offer salary ranges that are sufficient for a Megacitizen. If you dream about beach and pristine water and think you can somehow make a living and just go there, you might want to re-think that one. While there are a lot of job openings, those should be explored before going to the Megacity. The obstacles for obtaining the required VISA and work permits however are comparatively low, especially when facilitated by your soon-to-be employer.
Your company is sending you to the Philippines as an expatriate? You want to enjoy the tropical weather as a call center agent for a year? You found your long-term dream job in Manila? Whatever brought you to the Megacity as a foreigner, here are seven tips on working in the Philippines that will make your start easier.
In order to work in the Philippines, you normally need a certain visa, a work permit, and pay taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The Philippine Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It allows a foreign national to work in the country and is usually sent in with a pre-arranged employment visa.
The Philippine Social Security System (SSS) is a public service which provides, among others, retirement and health benefits for workers and employees in the private sector.
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is big business in the Philippines. From back office work to entire services outsourced from around the world - Megacity Manila's BPO industry is thriving. This increases the presence of Megacitizens in Manila and creates a competitive advantage over other Megacities.
Since Megacity Manila is the capital of a developing country, there is a wide range of international organizations that are always looking for well-educated and skilled international staff. The Asian Development Bank for example has its headquarters right in the heart of the Philippine capital.
Private Universities such as Ateneo de Manila as well as international schools (also private) pay well and can offer a competitive salary for Megacitizens staying in the Philippines and looking for a job. The monthly salary can go up to 3000 US Dollar and higher. Excited? Take a look at the universities you can send your resume to.
Are you thinking of doing something good or taking a year off? Planning to experience a different culture in a faraway part of the world while doing volunteer work? There are a lot of reasons to take a sabbatical and do some volunteer work. The Philippines offers some unique opportunities to do so.
If you'd rather work for yourself than for others, there is always the option to set up a company and start your own business. Making use of your experience and skills and offering them in a foreign Megacity might be an opportunity for many Megacitizens to start a new chapter in life.
Looking for a job in Metro Manila? Being one of the biggest BPO hubs in the world, this Megacity has dozens of multinational outsourcing companies you can send your CV to. Many of these companies have thousands of employees. Interested in working for some of the biggest BPO companies in the country? Take a look at our guide here.