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 - 26,000.00
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.

26 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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    1. Based on experience, shared by OFWs, jobstreet database, government records, etc. Although these data does not reflect what all OFWs make (there are exemptions), they give an idea on how much salary most OFWs receive.

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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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    1. Nangyayari talaga yan sa ibang kapwa natin. Yun bang pagdating sa saudi e pinapapirma ng bagong contrata na mas mababa at kunti or walng benefits. sa ganyang sitwasyon, maganda na ireklamo ang agency, o ipaalam sa tamang departamento para maaksyonan. Kasi kung hahayaan natin na ganyan na lang ang kalakaran, walang mangyayaring pagbabago para sa mga OFW na tulad natin.

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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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  6. Any hirap dito sa uae maging dh pagod kna sa trabaho liit pa sahod

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    1. Ma'am, baka po gusto nyo lumipat sa ibang bansa kasi kung hindi kayo satisfied sa sahod nyo o pinapahirapan kayo sa trabaho nyo. May mga kakilala ko na lumipat sa russia and kung saan-saang bansa na sila nakarating kasi sinasama sila ng employer nila (malaysia, thailand, cyprus, greece, etc). Ang lalaki pa ng sahod, 50k ang pagkakaalam ko.

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    2. meron b sa laake dh sasahod ng 50k.

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  7. ako nabuhayan ng loob nkatapos pala ako ng nursing 35 k pwede na ako

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  8. Good info. Some factors that you have mentioned may indeed vary the figures. For those who have vast experience overseas, you should be the one to dictate the tempo in negotiating the salary - that depends of course on the company's need of your skills. In my case, I have been working overseas for four years now, in different countries and in different capacities. In my initial contract, I was receiving around Php 22,000/month (subject for deductions - agency fees, meals, etc.) A year after, I moved to another company and started to receive around 70,000/month. During Contract extension, I demanded for an increase and subsequently received 90,000/month (no single amount of deduction). Presently, I am receiving Php 150,000 (meals, transpo, housing are all provided by the company).
    There is always a room for finding yourself on a better corner. Don't get afraid to take the risks - after all, working overseas is naturally a game of chance.

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    1. Good to hear that you were able to dictate your compensation, which should be the case for all OFWs. Karamihan kasi, takot na magdemand ng salary increase. Hinihintay ng lang yung employer na magtataas ng sahod.

      Congrats and cheers!

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  9. MAGKANO PO ANG SALARRY NGAYON NG ISANG KASAMBAHAY S HONGKONG..AT MAGKANO PO ANG MAGAGASTOS PAPUNTA S BANSANG HONGKONG??

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    1. Ang sahod ng kasambahay sa HongKong ay hindi dapat bababa sa 24,000.00 kada buwan (base sa kasalukuyang exchange rate).

      Ang magagastos mo papuntang Hongkong ay depende sa documentation at processing costs tulad ng POEA OEC, OWWA membership, Philhealth, medical, documentary stamps, airfare, etc. Lahat ng babayaran mo, dapat may resibo, kasi kung wala, thank you na iyon. Hindi mo na mababawi iyon kung nagkaproblema. Wag kang matakot, humingi ka ng resibo dahil karapatan mo iyon.

      At strictly, NO PLACEMENT FEE. Pagdating mo din sa Hongkong, di ka din dapat singilin ng kung ano-anong fees ng partner agency ng agency mo sa Pilipinas. Kasi yung employer mo dapat ang singilin nila ng fees at for sure nagbayad na iyon bago ka pa pinadala sa Hongkong.

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  10. magkano po ang sahod sa housekeeping sa japan,.,.

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  12. Kapag bank tellers? Teller? May idea po kayo sir?

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    1. Bank tellers salary ata is around 60k in Singapore and 80k in the US. Sa Middle East, around 30k at depende kung sagot ng company ang accomodation and transpo.

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  13. May alok sa akin na 2750aed kasama na dun ung lodging, transpo etc.maliit ba un or sakto na?

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    1. Depende sa profession at experience mo boss. If engineer ka with more than 5 years experience, maliit yan kahit pa free accomodation, transpo, and additional for overtime. If fresh grad na engineer at first time ofw, nasa sa'yo kung kaya mong tiisin yan. Yung iba, tinatanggap ang ganyang alok pero after a year or two, lumilipat sa ibang companies o nakikipag-negotiate ka para sa mas malaking sahod.

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  14. Thanks sa info. Planning to apply as Factory Worker

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  15. Thanks sa info. Planning to apply as Factory Worker

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    1. Saan ka nag apply na agency

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  16. Saan po puede mag apply sa ibang bansa sa factory worker

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