What is the labor cost in the Philippines?

In the Philippines, the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry usually pays above minimum wage and most start with an average of 300 USD per month. That is approximately around 15000 pesos depending on the currency exchange rate. From a business perspective, it is at a reasonable price. But what is the current daily minimum wage in the Philippines? The Philippines has a daily minimum wage rate that varies from region to region (17 regions) ranging from P290 ($5.70) to P537($10.61) 8 hours a day.

Source: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) / National Wages and Productivity Commission

Source: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) / National Wages and Productivity Commission

Support Staff operation is in Cebu City, Cebu Province, Region VII, Central Visayas. The current minimum wage in Metro Cebu is at P404 ($8.15) per day for 8 hours of work.

In most cases, BPO industries in the Philippines do not pay the employees hourly instead monthly fixed rate ranges from P13,000 ($260) to P25,000 ($500) excluding incentives and bonuses if applicable. But managerial or supervisory roles are much higher than the ordinary role of agents. For programmers like software developer/Engineer and other tech-skilled positions, mostly it ranges from P30,000 ($600) to P65,000 ($1300) depending on number of experience and skills expertise. Way back when I was still locally employed 13 years ago where I learned different tech skills, I was compensated at minimum wage because our tasks were more on production even though the project was more on HTML/XHTML, CSS tagging/coding. Though it was ridiculously cheap, I feel no regret because I was able to use and maximize my experience and skills to apply for another job at another company. For administrative/clerical works, most companies either BPO or non-BPO are usually based on regional minimum wage.

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