In the 2018 Global Freelancer Insights report by global payment gateway Paypal, two percent of the current population or 1.5 million Filipinos are working online. Currently, there are more than one hundred thousand jobs available online through Upwork, OnlineJobsPH and other freelancing platforms.
Abhinav Kumar, PayPal head of strategic partnerships for Southeast Asia disclosed that there are more jobs available online. “The Philippines is one of the fastest growing markets for us in this part of the world,” He said.
Freelancers around the world are growing in total workforce, from 6 percent of the world population in 1989 to an estimate of 43 percent in the year 2020, this date is according to the study of LinkedIn, World’s leading social networking site for business community.
Anne juggles her role as the network leader of Risen Life Church Harvester’s Corporate team and freelancer.
Anne Coleman-Precilla, a writer and social media marketer shared that working as a freelancer is an advantage since certain costs such as transportation and meal expenses would be avoided.
54% of Filipinos are employed as virtual assistant, followed by blogging and writing with 13% , customers service related jobs account for 10% and marketing-related jobs accounts for 20% of the entire freelancing workers.
Other Freelance jobs include Accounting, IT & Networking, Data science and analytics, language translation and other fields.
Jarlianne Astrologio, FEU Student and part-time online English tutor said “Yung pag freelance ko nakakatulong sa studies at daily needs ko, kahit first level palanga ko as English tutor, I’m earning 50 php per hour. Mas matagal yung experience, mas okay. Meron din silang training for us”
Astrologio shared that their company requires at least an internet speed of 25 mbps which many of Filipinos do not have, on the average Philippines have an average internet speed of 8 mbps. It can be recalled that Pres. Duterte, in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), gave a marching order to have a third telco that would improve our internet infrastructure.
On the average, Filipino Freelancers earn more than 39,000 pesos in a month in just 32 hours of work per week. 56% of the freelancers earn 30,000 php and below and 24% of the freelancers earn about Php50,000 up to Php100,000 per month, a study revealed by the Philippine freelancer’s group.
Aside from being the third best English-speaking country in Asia, employers noted that Filipinos are in demand due to lower asking rate and faster turnover for tasks.
Online Filipino Freelancers (OFF), a group with 112,000 members, is the premier online community in the Philippines. OFF founderCJ Maturino-Cajole shared to us some of her insights about freelancing.
“I began working from home about seven years ago. This gives me so much comfort because I no longer have to commute and dedicate many travel hours to get to the office and back home. I can work in the bedroom, in the living room, even at a cafe and I can earn dollars. Office space becomes irrelevant when you are a freelancer. Most importantly, I get to be with my children. That is my primary reason why I decided to work from home. I earn while I also see the milestones of my kids. I do not worry if they are sick or if I am leaving them with a nanny. I can take care of them myself while not giving up my career. Work and life balance can definitely be achieved” said CJ.
CJ Maturino-Cajoles is passionate about educating future freelancers, in fact online Filipino freelancers will be having an event this October 13, 2018 at Le Pavilion in Pasay.
- Building a strong brand as freelancer
- How to begin your freelancing career
- Negotiating your rates and winning the contract
- Exploring Amazon and why you should pursue freelancing
- Foundation of profitable e-commerce business
- Success stories of Freelancers
- and many more!
Join the conference by clicking here
Senate Bill number 351 was filed by Sen. Bam Aquino last 2016 to protect the rights of freelance workers in the Philippines. The bill includes a penalty of 250,000 pesos to employers who failed to pay freelancers, tax exemption for freelancers earning below 300,000 pesos and a priority in tax payments.