Yesterday, I talked about how you can get permission to legally work in the Philippines. Today, let’s talk about whether you would really want to work here.
For me, I can certainly say that I would not have any interest at all in being employed here in the Philippines. Of course, being self employed for many years now, I also wouldn’t care to work for anybody in any other country either, so your opinion of working here may be different.
First thing to consider – how much salary do you expect to earn? If you want to earn a salary similar to what you were making in the States, or in whatever country you come from, you probably better just stay home. It is a simple fact that you will probably not be able to find a job here that pays a substantial amount of money. Now, how much money is “substantial.” Well we all have our own answer to that question. I will say this – it is my opinion that if you were able to find a job that paid you P20,000 here in the Philippines you would be doing extremely well. That is a salary of a little more than $400 per month. For that salary, you would be expected to work for 40 or more hours per week (really, however many hours your boss tells you to work – no overtime!). Very few Filipinos make more money than that, and most make only a fraction of that amount. Among the best paying jobs in the Philippines are Call Center jobs, and here in Davao call center agents are being paid less than P10,000 per month. Salaries in Manila are higher for any kind of job, but not a multiple higher, though.
Are there jobs paying good salaries (by our standards)? Yes, indeed there are. But, your chances are landing such a job are very small. Certainly Executive Jobs are available, but there is not a lot of incentive to hire a foreigner over a local Citizen. The truth is that most Filipino companies would prefer to employ Filipinos. After all, foreigners bring lots of complications to the workplace. We are different than Filipinos. Culturally we are different. The employer will need to make sure that you are legally employable. There are just many more complications. Also, even what would be locally considered a very good salary will probably be taken by a foreigner only in desperation.
If you really want to have a job here, what are your options? Well, in my opinion your best option would be to stay home in your country, and start searching for a company that has facilities here in the Philippines. Inquire with the companies about employment opportunities in the Philippines. I feel that your best, possibly only chance of getting a good job in the Philippines would be by first getting the job in your home country and then being transferred to the Philippines. Still, I feel that the chances of doing this are remote, though, even if it is your best chance.
So, you’re stuck, right? You don’t have enough money in savings to contemplate such a move. You can’t find a good job here. What are your choices? Just forget about it? No, I don’t believe that. What I think is that you should start looking for way to earn money on the side. Keep your day job, and look for ways that you can earn money on your own. I particularly believe that the Internet is a perfect place to do this. If you can build up a decent business on the Net, you should be able to move that business to the Philippines when you come, and keep earning money when you are here! I know that in my case, I earn 100% of my income through the Internet, and you can too. Find a niche that you can make profitable. Blog for money. Sell things through e-Commerce. Honestly, the Internet is a place where you can produce huge amounts of Income, no matter where you reside.
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