Work in the Philippines

Do you speak Spanish? Are you looking for work? Would you like live for a while in the Philippines? If the answer to these questions is affirmative, this POST is perfect for you.

Since we came to the Philippines to study Buddhism through the program HALA (Find out HERE), many people told us about lots of opportunities that exist in the Philippines for Spanish speakers.

Taking into account the Spanish labour scene and the effort that we did to get here, we decided to try their luck in the country of the seven thousand islands. After three weeks of search and interviews we can already say that we have job and apartment in Manila.

14.2 Outside Activities, IntramurosDespite being a chaotic city, Manila attracted us from the first moment

Mainly there are two occupational profiles that require Spanish-speaking: Customer service and Spanish teacher.

  • Customer service: Since a few years ago Philippines has ousted India as country number one in Call Center. Many multinationals have shifted their customer services to Manila or Cebu and need workers whose mother tongue is Spanish.
  • Spanish teacher: During more than 300 years Philippines was a Spanish colony. It is like being in a Latin country in the middle of Asia. Names, surnames, streets, literature, gastronomy, history... are greatly influenced. A good example is Tagalog, national language of the Philippines, containing more than 3000 words in Spanish. Today, Spanish is no longer a official nor mandatory language in the school but, the demand for native teachers is very high. The majority of opportunities are in private institutions or people who wish to learn the language (normally they belong to a medium-high economic class).

Wages vary between 800€ and 1500€ mainly. It is a pretty good salary considering that the average of a filipino salary does not exceed 400€. Speak Spanish turns you into a skilled worker, valuable in the market, which translates into a higher salary.

IMG_0884Photo of the the studio that we have rented in Manila.

The selection process is very fast. In 15 days we were called from 5 different companies to make interviews. Since the day of the interview until the day that they give you the final answer, when you will know if you will be hired, it does not take more than one week. Even though the work is in Spanish, knowing English is necessary since interviews are in English. Once contracted, the company (in most cases) will be in charge of manage the working visa and offer health insurance.

Manila Puerto - redimensionadaManila bay

Here you have a list of the steps we followed to find a job in Manila:

  • Create a profile in JOBSTREET, the main online employment portal in the Philippines. Search for offers through the filter spanish speaker.
  • Contact other Spanish who live and work in the Philippines. There are groups in Facebook and Whatssap.
  • Prepare a good curriculum in English. Go directly to the companies that hire Spanish speakers and deliver there the curriculum.
  • Prepare for the interviews, both in English and in Spanish.
  • Choose the job offer that best fits your expectations.
  • Sign the contract. Solve some bureaucratic aspects and find an apartment in an area close to where you will work.

Find a job in the Philippines is "easy". It is a matter of betting hard, we did it and now we are very happy to be able to stay here. If you are interested in this issue and would like to know more, leave a comment and do not miss the next POSTS.

Manila Vista Aérea - RedimensionadaAerial view of Manila, we are waiting for you here :)

Where to stay while looking for work?

Manila es una ciudad “cara” en cuanto a alojamientos. We suggest establishing the base camp in one of the areas where the companies where we can potentially work are located: Makati, Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City.

One of the most famous hotel chains in Manila is Red Planet Hotels, simple rooms, quite small but generally well ubicated in the business areas. In addition, its one of the most economical option. Below you will find some recommendations.

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