Growth of BPO industry makes Filipino Professionals return

tv_48_480x360IF for the last 20 years, the government was worried about the mass departure of Filipino professionals for more lucrative jobs abroad, the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) said growth in the information technology and business-process outsourcing (IT-BPO) has reversed the trend with the rising number of Filipino IT experts returning to the country after working overseas.

Joey Gurango, vice president of the PSIA and chief executive officer of Gurango Software Corp., said the last 10 years have been “phenomenal” as many Filipino IT experts have been hired by IT-BPO companies which now operate in the country.

Gurango, who worked in Seattle as an IT expert for 15 years, said a lot of IT-BPO companies have been hiring his friends and colleagues in the IT industry with the same amount and benefits that they get from their work overseas.

“Filipinos are preferred by these [IT-BPO] companies,” said Gurango in an interview with the BusinessMirror.

“Multinational companies planning to operate in the Philippines send their Filipino employees because they are able to assimilate better because of the culture and language, and give them the same amount of salary and living expenses….that’s a trend we’re seeing,” said Gurango.

He said there are a lot of Filipino IT experts who have returned to the country and are receiving the same salaries and benefits as abroad.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz earlier urged students to explore courses on IT and creative industries to land in high-paying jobs ranging from P35,000 to as much as P70,000 a month.

But Gurango said the compensation rates of the returning IT experts who are now hired in IT and BPO companies in the Philippines are double or triple of the salaries mentioned by the labor department.

He said the IT-BPO is now the fastest growing industry in the country with total revenues reaching $55 billion in 2012.

Baldoz, meanwhile, called on high-school students to refrain from taking up courses that are mere “trending and fashionable” to help the government address the problem of skills and jobs mismatch.

She cited the study of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which cited the top 10 high-paying jobs in the Philippines which include occupations in aviation, bank and finance, BPO, creative industries, cyber services or IT, manufacturing and mining.

The BLE said an art director in the creative industries can earn an average of P69,286 a month and a geologist in a mining company can earn P64,889.

The labor department also said that an aircraft pilot, navigator and a flight engineer can earn as high as P57,789 a month; a mining or metallurgical engineer, P55,638 a month and a computer programmer, P43,573 a month.

A systems analyst and systems designer receive an average of P42,112 a month; production supervisor and general foreman P36,133 a month; actuarian, P35,480 per month; call center representative, P35,424 a month; and statistician, P35,010 a month.

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