The highest paid overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are engineers, healthcare professionals, and IT professionals, with most of them earning by as much as P99,000 per month.
Based on the annual report by overseas job portal Workabroad.ph, a ship master in the US can potentially earn P99,000, while a chief engineer can earn P96,000 monthly.
Meanwhile, land-based engineers that are in-demand in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific can earn a monthly salary of P57,000 and P59,000, respectively.
Healthcare professionals, on the other hand, are most compensated in the Middle East.
Among doctors, those who specialize in pediatric care can earn as much as P86,000 a month, while nurses can earn P65,000. Veterinarians can earn P58,000.
IT professionals are also highly paid in Asia-Pacific as those with 0 to 4 years of experience can already earn as much as P54,000.
The survey also revealed the top 10 countries of deployment, with Saudi Arabia topping the list.
From January to October 2017, 54.19 percent of jobs ads are from Saudi Arabia. Middle East countries such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman are part of the top 10.
In 2017, Malaysia and Taiwan made their way into the top 10 countries of deployment list, replacing 2016’s Australia and Brunei.
WorkAbroad also revealed that skilled workers are still the most in-demand.
In the Middle East, Filipinos can find numerous opportunities in general work, engineering-related and food/beverage/restaurant service sectors.
In-demand general work roles include drivers, electricians, and AC, auto, refrigeration, plumbing, and maintenance technicians.
In-demand engineering-related skilled roles include mechanics and electrical technicians.
There are also opportunities for cooks, waiters/waitresses, and baristas.
In Asia-Pacific, jobs await skilled workers like carpenters, household service workers, and caretakers.
Opportunities also abound in the engineering-related segment for technicians and technical operators and in the manufacturing/production operations segment for factory workers, production and machine operators, and welders.