Demand For Filipino Skiled Workers Continues to Increase?
The Philippines has emerged as the preferred source by New Zealand employers seeking skilled workers from overseas if
they are unable to source suitable skills locally. Many may wonder why the Philippines has become the preferred source
of skilled labour for New Zealand employers others around the world.
Why has the Philippines emerged as the nation of source for employers from around the world? Filipinos may be found
working in most countries all over the world, from oil fields in Russia to providing the skilled labour for mining
operations in Africa. Many large projects in the Middle East have been built with Filipino engineers and technical
workers. Filipino nurses are found around the world, including many hospitals in New Zealand. From farm workers in
Japan and Saudi Arabia to maids in Israel, Filipinos can be found providing the labour needs to employers around the
For years the Philippines has suffered from years of poor economic management and has not experienced the economic
growth seen elsewhere in Asia. In spite of this, the Philippines now has the fastest growing economy in Asia, fueled by
the remittances sent back to the country from the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Sadly this inflow of capital has not
resulted in an increase in local jobs other than in the construction and retail sectors, and over 40% of the local
population is under-employed or unemployed. The country has been able to attract little overseas investment, deterred
by a high domestic cost structure,a corrupt and self-servicing public sector, over-regulation, unfavourable labour laws,
a weak legal systemand poor infrastructure.Few overseas companies have been willing to invest in the Philippines
resulting inlow wages in relation to the cost of living and wide-spread poverty throughout the country; even though the
Philippines has more natural resources than most other countries.
The lack of local employment opportunities Filipinos have had little choice but to seek work abroad to sustain their
families. Unlike mostWestern countries, there is no welfare state in the Philippines – one either works or goes hungry.
They have learnt to expect nothing from their government except corruption and mismanagement, and know that only by hard
work will you get ahead. This has created a work ethic that is seldom found in the west today – most Filipinos will go
the extra mile to assist their employers with a willing attitude – they know if they return home there is no state
benefit waiting to provide income. Many prefer to work in war-torn Middle East countries than return to the poverty in
Growing up in an environment where you have to work to survive creates a different work ethnic than is found in New
Zealand, where many expect the state to provide from cradle to grave. As from a young age Filipinos know they have to
study hard to get qualifications to allow them to work to survive. Most higher education is in English so graduates are
able to communicate speaking English which gives an edge over other Asian migrants wishing to migrate. Most Filipinos
can speak a couple of local languages in addition to English, and are able to quickly pick up the Kiwi accent on coming
The majority of Filipinos are Catholic, many also belong to other Christian denominations. About 15% of the population
in Muslim. Family units are much stronger than in Western cultures with no welfare state to support each other in times
of crisis. Filipinos have stronger religious ties than in New Zealanders, with most migrant workers attending New
Filipinos are now the preferred overseas workers by New Zealand dairy farmers, where thousands may be found on dairy
farms around the country. Filipino migrants have been filling skilled positions in New Zealand now for several years
including many trades, medical workers, accountants – actually they can be found in most areas of New Zealand society.
Demand by New Zealand employers for Filipino workers continues to grow, especially in the construction and agriculture
Immigration NZ policy of allowing skilled migrants to bring their families to New Zealand and apply to settle here on a
permanent basis means it is a popular destination for Filipino migrants. However increasingly New Zealandis competing
with other advanced economies around the worldseeking to attract skilled workers to make up the short-fall bought about
by an aging population. The competition for skilled migrant workers will increase as the world economy recovers. Sadly
New Zealand as a desirable destination for migrants may not last in the future unless the economy can become more
competitive with growth in real incomes.
Six years ago a New Zealand company (Immigration Placement Services Ltd) established a branch in Manila to make it
easier for New Zealand employers to recruit Filipinos. In addition to finding the best applicants to meet employers
needs IPS has helped hundreds of Filipinos migrate to New Zealand by matching their skills with employers allowing them
to qualify for a work visa to migrate to New Zealand.
For names and contact details for Filipino workers or their employers in your region contact the writer.
For further information on the migration of Filipinos to NZ contact:
Immigration Placement Services Ltd