There are more than 2 million Filipinos working abroad and each one will have a different reason for choosing to become OFWs. But we cannot deny that the most common reason is to seek better opportunities outside our home country.
Even with skill-based jobs, there are countries where salary and benefits are above-average which entices plenty of Pinoys to find jobs elsewhere. We try to list some of the best countries to work as an OFW.
Top Countries to Work as an OFW
Due to its great’s climate, comfortable scenery, many leisure activities, and stress-free lifestyle, you can feel at home in this place. It can be a good start if you want to adjust your lifestyle living in abroad and you want new adventures.
The country is in need of engineers due its solid, service-based economy of mining and agriculture making. Aside from engineers, the country needs chefs, electricians, IT professionals, mechanics, and plumbers.
The country is a family-friendly destination and there are leisure activities that you can enjoy. If you want to stay in the country for keeps, you can work full time for one year and the country will offer you permanent residence. As a start, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) released jobs for caregiving and labor.
3. Hong Kong
In an article from HSBC Expat Explorer, 86 percent of the emigrants mentioned that this place can gave them an opportunity to develop or acquire a new skill.
This place can give you a chance to develop or acquire a new skill. There are job openings in this country such as: chefs, draftsman, draftsman, drivers, engineers, plant mechanics, welders, and many more.
4. New Zealand
New Zealand is also on the list because of these things: a comfortable accommodation, a fulfilling environment, a wonderful lifestyle, and a harmonious camaraderie with the locals.
Activities such as outdoor lifestyle and sporting culture can help you to have a better quality of life and you will be more physically active.
In 2015, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) predicted over 117,000 demands for labor in the country. Due to its development in oil and gas fields, the country is considered as one of the richest country in the world.
6. Saudi Arabia
This country offers contractual benefits, lower cost of living, and a strong economy to the emigrants of this country.
Qualified nurses in the country are needed.
The country gives a sustainable career with a steady economy to the emigrants because it offers security, high wages, job opportunities, and gives high dollar exchange.
Last 2015, jobs like accountants, bank staff, caregivers, IT and software engineers, nurses, and office workers were offered for the foreigners. In 2016, the country offers some jobs for the Filipinos such as chef, customer service representatives, graphic designers, nurses, programmers, waiters, and many more. Here are some top companies to work for in Singapore.
8. South Korea
According to the POEA, there are around 1600 workers needed in South Korea. There are also some vacant jobs like domestic helpers and other skilled workers.
Taiwan is known as the Asia’s “hidden experience capital.” The country is also known in job opportunities such as caregivers, domestic helpers, factory workers, machine operators, and production operators.
Don’t worry for the placement fee because some job applicants pay for it and the Taiwanese employers established the work permit for the emigrants.
10. United Arab Emirates
If you are into the advancement of career and employment packages which are substantial, this country is for you. Most expats have above-average salaries due to the blooming economy of the country. The salary is enough to pay for your monthly bills and some other things due to the high cost of living.
The country offers different jobs for customer representatives, baristas, call center agents, domestic helpers, and IT staff.
11. United Kingdom
Emigrants can involve in the British culture and they can also acquire a new skill which is related in their jobs. It is also popular for the first-time overseas workers.
The country needs engineers, information technology specialists, and marketing professionals. There are some graduates who were deployed in UK like the dentists, health care workers, HRM graduates, and pharmacists.