Sunday, April 14, 2013

HOW MUCH DOES AN ORDINARY OFW MAKE?

Often times when we are scouting for job opportunities abroad, this is what we usually what to know. How much is  the salary? Before an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) leaves his family and comfort zone to work abroad, how much is the salary?

In order for pinoys who are planning to work overseas have an idea what jobs abroad offers, let's list the usual salaries we expect to receive from prospective employers. But there are a lot of factors that influences ones salary and there are times when you do the same job but receive different salaries.

These factors are generally true but not always the case:
1. Experience - Experienced employees are paid higher than fresh graduates and first-timers
2. Position - Heads, chiefs, seniors, leadmen, or foremen, receive better salaries
3. Country - Salary is higher in wealthier countries
4. Company Size - Bigger companies give better wages
5. Company Ownership - Salaries are better in companies controlled by "mga Puti"
6. In the case of DH, Household income - Wealthier families give bigger wages
7. In the case of DH, "Lahi" of employer - "mga Puti" pay better
8. Other skills/Educational level/Specialization/licensed - employers give better salaries to licensed, higher educated, highly skilled, or highly specialized employers
9. Exchange rate - Stronger peso has a little effect on how much you send back home
10. Gender - Male are paid higher than female workers (Yap, some countries a still in the middle ages)

*Fact: Filipino overseas workers are generally paid higher than those from other countries like Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh.

SALARY OF MAIN PROFESSIONS OF OFWs IN TOP DESTINATION COUNTRIES (In Philippine Peso):

DOMESTIC HELPER:
Taiwan           = 18,000.00 - 25,000.00
Hongkong      = 18,000.00 - 25,000.00
Saudi Arabia  = 16,000.00 - 20,000.00
Malaysia        = 16,000.00 - 20.000.00
Singapore       = 11,000.00 - 15,000.00
UAE              = 11,000.00 - 15,000.00
Qatar             = 11,000.00 - 15,000.00
Kuwait           = 11,000.00 - 15,000.00
Bahrain           = 11,000.00 - 15,000.00

FACTORY WORKER:
Taiwan           = 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
Korea            = 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
Singapore      = 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
Malaysia        = 10,000.00 - 15,000.00

WAITER/BARTENDER:
Bahrain          = 10,000.00 - 20,000.00
Malaysia        = 10,000.00 - 25,000.00
Qatar             = 10,000.00 - 25,000.00
Saudia Arabia = 10,000.00 -30,000.00
Singapore       = 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
UAE               = 12,000.00 - 35,000.00
Taiwan            = 10,000.00 - 20,000.00

NURSE:
Saudi Arabia = 15,000.00 - 50,000.00
UAE             = 25,000.00 - 50,000.00
Bahrain          = 10,000.00 - 30,000.00
Qatar            = 15,000.00 - 50,000.00
Kuwait          = 15,000.00 - 50,000.00
Malaysia        = 10,000.00 - 25,000.00
Singapore      = 30,000.00 - 60,000.00

ENGINEER:
Middle East in General = 20,000.00 - 100,000.00

SAFETY OFFICER
Middle East in General = 20,000.00 - 80,000.00

SEAMAN/MESSMAN/COOK/OILER/FITTER/WIPER:
No Specific Country = 20,000.00 - 50,000.00

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Please please please! Before you pay that excessive placement fee for a small salary, isipin nyo muna, is that salary enough? Do you think a 20,000.00 pesos a month salary is worth paying 100,000.00 pesos or more of placement fee? Not to mention the other fees that you have to pay? And are you sure the recruitment agency or agent is licensed by POEA?

I personally know someone who paid more than 100k pesos as placement fee for a 20k salary. After 2 years, this person's debt was paid but had no savings.

I am hoping for and will support a move by our government to waive placement fees for OFWs with less than 30k monthly salary. It is a clear burden and an avenue for abuse to those who want to work abroad for a living. 

We work to be paid, not pay to work.

6 comments:

  1. How did you know that the OFWs will get huge amounts in the countries that you've mentioned in this blog?

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  2. Hindi nman nasusunod.khit yung kontratang pinirmahan is 400$ .hindi bnbgay..dpat nga dito saudi is 1,500 reyal..wala hindi nasusunod yung dpat na sahod nmin...

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  3. ..hindi namn nangyayari yan..noon pa yan...walang namn effect

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  4. thanks for the info..

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