6 Reasons Why Foreign Businesses Love Hiring Filipino Virtual Employees

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Employee: Part I

The Philippines has recently become the center of the booming industry for virtual employees and virtual assistants (VAs). More and more foreign businesses are turning to Filipino virtual employees each year to complete tasks and work for them. And for Filipinos, virtual work presents a way for people to work for reputable companies and have a steady source of income while working from home. But many Filipinos today remain unaware of the industry and their employment prospects within it.

A virtual employee is someone who performs their job’s duties and tasks from a remote location, which involves the use of virtual means of communicating and working. It is different from being a freelancer in that a virtual employee is still officially an employee of the company and enjoys a steady stream of work (and income).

But why do foreign businesses love hiring Filipino virtual employees? What about Filipinos makes their work more desirable? These are the 6 reasons why:

1. Many Filipino employees have BPO experience

Business process outsourcing (BPO) is a huge industry in the Philippines and many big companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook still outsource many of their jobs to the Philippines. 

Because of this, many Filipinos in the workforce have experience working in the BPO industry. This is a huge plus for companies looking for virtual employees, as they know Filipinos will have the experience needed to work for a foreign employee as well as the means of completing tasks virtually. The trust other companies put into the Filipino workforce also reinforces the reputation of Filipinos as hard-working and intelligent employees. This gives Filipinos a leg up on other countries.

2. English is a major language for most of the population

Because of the Philippines’ past under the American colonial rule in the country, the educational system is closely similar to the American educational system. That includes English as a medium of instruction in schools. 

That means that most Filipinos can speak English fluently, better perhaps than their neighbors in the region. This makes Filipinos extremely popular for virtual employee jobs, as most companies looking to hire are Western monolingual companies who fear language barriers getting in the way of conducting business.

3. It’s an extremely cost-effective choice for them

For companies looking to expand, hiring virtual employees is a great financial choice. Instead of spending money on the employee’s space, equipment, and various benefits, a virtual employee only requires a salary and has their own computer, equipment, and space to work.

Filipinos, in particular, have great computer literacy and usually have good internet connections in major hubs in the country. That means Filipinos are an accessible and dependable workforce for companies.

4. The workforce is generally highly educated and young

Education is extremely important for Filipinos. This is reflected in the most recent population census, which found that graduates from universities and colleges are at an all-time high. Thousands of young Filipinos fresh from university join the workforce every year eager to find work and apply their skills and knowledge.

For foreign companies, this gives them the opportunity to hire highly educated and energetic employees who are looking for a company to be loyal to. It’s a relationship that is beneficial for both parties.

5. Cultural similarities between the Philippines and the West

The Philippines has a proud and long history of being a colony of the US. Because of this, there are many obvious American influences in Filipino culture.

This makes it extremely easy for Westerners and Filipinos to get along and understand each other, which is essential to a beneficial working relationship between an employer and a virtual employee or assistant. A shared history goes a long way toward creating a healthy and sustainable working relationship.

6. Filipinos have an admirable work ethic and personality

Filipinos are naturally understanding, eager to work, and friendly. In virtual employee work, the employee has to be self-motivated and capable of monitoring their own work. It also means a need for constant communication between the employer and the virtual employee. 

Because Filipinos are passionate about performing well and creating worthy output, they are usually perfect for virtual work and foreign companies know this too, hence their heavy demand for Filipino employees.

Filipinos are desirable candidates for remote employees and this is reflected in the number of Filipinos being hired by foreign companies to work for them remotely. Virtual employees can take any number of jobs and roles, from being writers to web developers to virtual assistants. It really all depends on their skill set and what they want to do.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a virtual employee, feel free to contact the Online Trooper HR Team on our LinkedIn or Facebook pages.

And if you’re looking to get started as a virtual employee, stay tuned for more installments in this series for beginners.