OFW Statistics: 13 Facts & Figures About Overseas Filipino Workers

OFW statistics about Filipinos working and living abroad, their lifestyles, and demographic data continue to change. The desire to work abroad remains high, although the coronavirus pandemic has also forced thousands of overseas Filipino workers to return home.

Here is a summary of statistics based on the Philippine Statistics Authority data on the 2019 Survey on Overseas Filipinos.

OFW Statistics: Demographics

  • Of the total number of OFWs 56% are female and 44% male.
  • The largest proportion of OFWs belonged to age group 30 to 34 years comprising 22.6% of all OFWs, followed by those aged 25 to 29 years with 20.7%.
  • Female OFWs were generally younger compared to male OFWs as a larger percentage of males (17.9%) than females (14.7%) belong to the 45 and over age category.

Occupation

OFW statistics: Occupation
OFW statistics: Occupation
  • Two in every five (39.6%) OFWs belonged to elementary occupations. About 18 percent
    worked as service and sales workers.
  • OFWs who worked as plant and machine operators and assemblers comprised 12.2 percent; technicians and associate professionals, 8.7 percent; professionals, 8.5 percent; and craft and related trade workers, 8.1 percent.

Location

  • The largest proportion of OFWs was from CALABARZON at 20.7 percent out of the total
    OFWs.
  • Those coming from Central Luzon, National Capital Region, and Western Visayas
    comprised 13.3 percent, 9.7 percent, and 9.0 percent, respectively.
  • On the other hand, the smallest proportion of OFWs came from MIMAROPA Region at 1.5 percent.
TOTAL   100%
Africa0.97%
Asia81.13%
East Asia21.69%
Hong Kong7.48%
Japan3.83%
Taiwan6.68%
Other countries in East Asia 3.68%
(including China, South Korea)
Southeast and South Central Asia8.04%
Malaysia2.09%
Singapore4.12%
Other countries in Southeast and South Central 1.82%
Asia (including Brunei)
Western Asia51.4%
Kuwait6.18%
Qatar5.59%
Saudi Arabia22.43%
United Arab Emirates13.19%
Other countries in Western Asia (including. Bahrain, 3.98%
Israel, Lebanon, Jordan)
Australia2.10%
Europe7.69%
North and South America8.08%
  • One out of five (22.4%) OFWs worked in Saudi Arabia during the period April to September 2019.
  • The other popular destinations were United Arab Emirates (13.2%), Hong Kong (7.5%), and Taiwan (6.7%).

Money Remittance

  • The total remittance sent by OFWs during the period April to September 2019 was estimated
    at P211.9 billion
  • These remittances included cash sent home (P157.9 billion), cash brought home (P46.7 billion), and remittance in kind (P7.3 billion).
  • The majority of OFWs sent their remittances through banks (58.0%) while the rest used money transfer (40.7%), agency or local office (0.6%), door-to-door delivery (0.4%), friends or co-workers
    (0.2%), or other means (0.1%).
   
Total Cash RemittanceP157.9 billion
Banks91.5 billion
Agency/Local office1.012 billion
Friends/Co-workers0.39 billion
Door-to-door0.6 billion
Money Transfer 64.25 billion
Others0.14 billion

Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

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