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How Much to Pay a Filipino? [Part 2: Market Rates]

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We have previously discussed two methodologies for determining pay rates for Filipino workers. There were:

Today, we are going to look at market wage rates.

First, I am going to back-off with the ethical tone of the first two articles. This is just going to be a straight discussion about the labor market.

Take Advantage of the Mobile-First Market

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David Cagahastian in a special report titled “Retailers can use mobile technology to grow business” has pointed out that small businesses and retailers can use mobile technology to grow the businesses.  He said that small businesses can partner with big telcos to expand their reach to consumers who now shop online using their smart phones. Because of this, companies that are into retail business should create their own mobile applications that will enable smart phone users to shop online for their various products, or look up their service offerings. This is sound advice given that reports that by the end of 2016, there might very well be 30 million smartphones and tablets in the Philippines (and an almost equal number of users, it is assumed) that will become a significant segment of the target market for mobile financial services, marketing campaigns and retail goods.

Should You Build an App for your Business?

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Smartphones are here to stay, and mobile technology continues to evolve.  According to, there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally as of June 2015. By 2020, it’s predicted that globally, there will be 6.1 billion users led by huge growth in less mature markets. The same site points out that 80 percent of mobile data traffic will be from smartphones by the end of 2020.

Already videos account for 45 percent of app traffic, and this will rise to 60 percent. Video consumption on mobile currently grows at a rate of 55 percent annually, and YouTube alone accounts for between 40-60 percent of all video traffic today, closely followed by music streaming. Social network views accounts for a large percentage.

Mr. and Ms. Flat Planet 2016 and Setting Goals

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By now, the whole world— correction, universe – knows that a Filipina brought home the much coveted Ms. Universe 2015 crown. Ms. Pia Alonso Wurtzbach bested 80 other contestants to emerge victorious in the 64th edition of the Miss Universe pageant which was held last December 20 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States. According to reports, Ms. Wurtzbach was single-minded in her pursuit of the crown and that it had been her dream to become Ms. Universe since she was a little girl. After twice failing to become the Philippines’ representative to the most popular beauty pageant in the world, she refused to give up, persevered, and in the end, achieved her goal.

Biggest Difference Between Australia and the Philippines


There are many differences between countries and cultures, many of which you only feel and appreciate once you are outside the previous culture, when the contrast hits you the most. If you look at something like outsourcing to the Philippines through an Australian lens, ignoring culture and context, you will likely make many wrong turns along your journey. When I moved from Melbourne to Manila, a vivid memory that has never left me is when I first arrived and was looking for an apartment. On a meager internship wage and having a total of one week's experience in Asia, I found an online ad posted for an apartment that said Php8000 [AUD230] / month. It was within my budget and within walking distance from the office, about 15-20 minutes away. Coming from Melbourne where a ROOM in an apartment would cost that much per WEEK, being walking distance from the CBD, I felt like a clever bargain hunter.

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