Despite the economic crisis in most parts of Europe and other parts of the world, notwithstanding, the year 2013 offers great job opportunities for Filipinos wanting to try their luck abroad. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE will continue to remain a top destination for Filipinos due to the rising price of oil that will result in an increase in demand for jobs in the petroleum sector.
Japan and the US will also continue to be a favorite destination with their countries’ aging populations and their lack of nurses and caregivers to look after their elderly.
These countries are the “traditional” destinations, so to speak. But with globalization and the advancement in other fields of employment, other countries have as well become popular destinations for Filipinos in search for greener pastures for their families.
Check out this list of top five countries that offer great employment opportunities for Filipinos wishing to work abroad this year:
In 2011 alone, China was cited by 14 percent of the world’s companies as among the top ten employment destinations in the world. China has a population of more than 1 billion people. That comprises 19 percent of the world’s population. That’s one huge market. This is enough reason for international companies to put up branches and headquarters, such as those in the commercial, financial and technology sectors. This means the demand for professionals and highly-skilled workers is high too. But also take note, this doesn’t mean every jobseeker can easily find work there.
Pros: Close proximity to Philippines
Caveat: Knowledge in local language is a major plus, and the recent territorial dispute between Philippines and China make landing jobs quite a risky move.
2. United Kingdom
International companies choose the UK mostly for their overseas transfers, with London topping the list of places for international assignees because of its being the UK’s largest metropolitan area. London is also competes with New York as top international finance destination. That’s why Filipinos who are in the banking and financial sector can find great opportunities in the UK.
Pros: UK has a vibrant Pinoy community
Caveat: As part of the European Community where many members experience high unemployment rate, Filipinos don’t have the highest of priorities getting job there.
Singapore is among the places in Asia that is most welcoming and friendly to Western businesses. The country is home to five of the world’s busiest ports and ranks fourth as global financial center. Known for their industriousness, OFWs will find great job opportunities in Singapore’s export and manufacturing sectors. Despite local clamor that foreign talents have taken jobs away from them, there is a reason to be optimistic to find work in Singapore.
Pros: Singapore shares lots of things with Philippines (timezone, climate, etc) only that jobs are better paid.
Caveat: Filipinos who have sufficient experience in fields of healthcare, IT and finance may get better paying jobs. Domestic helper jobs, while available, don’t offer as much perks as in Hong Kong or Taiwan.
4. Hong Kong
Three percent of international assignees are found in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong dollar is the world’s 9th most traded currency, proof of the city’s status as a top international financial center. Its close proximity to the Philippines makes Hong Kong a top employment destination for OFWs.
Pros: Hong Kong offers relatively better pay than most other Asian job markets.
Caveat: Jobs for Filipinos may be limited to just domestic helpers and a few other professions (engineers, architects, musicians) as local talents still get the first priority
Companies in search for raw materials rank Australia at the top of the list. The country is friendly to outsiders, with Canberra as the most favorite city for expatriates, including Filipinos. A lot of Filipinos have taken permanent in Australia.
Pros: After Switzerland, Australia is top ideal country to be born in 2013, which means a young family migrating and working in Australia is pretty much offers security.
Caveat: Limitation in entry could mean long backlogs in application, and tighter migration rules (skills, age, industry) offers opportunity to limited number of Filipinos.
6. Middle East
For a long time, oil, gas and petrochemicals remain the top ace among many Middle Eastern economies. That doesn’t appear to change in 2013, as Gulf Communities assert on diversification as they anticipate oil running out in a few decades. Construction (Qatar is hosting 2022 World Cup), banking and real estate (Burj Kalifa in Dubai and Abraj Al Bait Towers in Mecca are the tallest buildings in the world) is booming.
Pros: For a long time, the Middle East offered job opportunities for Filipinos.
Caveat: While opportunities abound for skilled Filipinos, low-skilled workers could become victims of exploitation and unresolved labor disputes.
Regarded as a better alternative to migrating to the United States, Canada opens its doors not only to work but also to live and raise families. Like its more powerful neighbor, Canada is a place where diligent, hardworking Filipinos have chance of improving lives.
Pros: Filipinos are welcome with open arms, English language skill is an edge Filipinos have over many other migrants and jobs are often available (especially to those who are not choosy).
Caveat: As covered in our ‘advantages and disadvantages’ article, high tax rates and cold climate in Canada are among the biggest adjustments Filipinos have to make. Also, educational attainment from the Philippines may not be accredited so there is limited opportunities for white collar jobs to those whose credentials are not honored.
Finding jobs abroad in 2013 has become a complex move to make. Filipinos have to deal with extortionate placement fees, illegal recruiters and bureaucratic red tape to begin with. But also other countries have adopted to skills we used to be well-known so professional growth also plays a very crucial role in finding the job we wanted to land: adequately paid, and more secured long term benefits.