What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

Local salaries are not comparable to US. - Feb 2020


Spouses here have a variety of jobs, some with embassies, some in education, some telecommuting. For the most part, working on the local economy is not lucrative. - May 2018


Traditionally, there have been dozens of EFM jobs at the Embassy, although the January 2017 hiring freeze will undoubtedly have an impact on this. In theory, given the prevalence of English, and the bilateral work agreement, spouses can work on the local economy – but it can take a long time to get your foot in the door. That said, the State Department’s Global Employment Advisor is currently based in Manila, so there’s been a recent uptick in opportunities for Embassy spouses on the local economy. Telecommuting is also a possibility, assuming you have good internet in your home, and can overcome the significant time difference with the US. - Feb 2017


EFM employment is tough everywhere. The situation in Manila is probably better than most places outside of EUR or WHA. The embassy is huge (approx. 1300 employees) and has one of the biggest consular sections in the world. As a result a lot of EFMs get jobs on post as rovers, fingerprinters, consular adjudicators, and the like. Several spouses (including in our family) have managed to find full or part-time employment in the private or education sector. There is a State Department Global Employment Advisor resident to post. - Jul 2016


You can find jobs and I know lots of EFMs who have found work in their career field, but not making a US salary. - Jan 2016


I have heard of variable experiences. Most expats report more difficulty finding employment than expected. - Jan 2016


I had two jobs on the local economy. Be ready for a lot of paperwork and local salaries. - Jan 2016


Yes. Teaching English is an option or consultant to tech companies. - Sep 2015


Sort of. One can hope to find jobs at the Asian Development Bank, Intl. Schools, at an NGO or at the Embassy, if affiliated. I've had no trouble finding work. - Aug 2015


A few, but slim pickings. - Nov 2013


Not that I've heard of, it would be a huge pay cut. - Aug 2013


My wife works on the local economy. She enjoys it, but she earns a Filipino wage. Despite providing a professional service, she earns less than U.S. minimum wage. - Feb 2013


Not unless you are a teacher or are employed by a major NGO like ADB. - May 2012


If you're a teacher, there are plenty of opportunities for a somewhat competitive price. The Embassy also posts new jobs weekly. The ADB is also headquartered here. For other jobs, however, if you're coming from the US or Europe, the salary is just not competitive enough to bother (think $500/month) -- so why steal a job from a local that can actually benefit from that money? - Mar 2012


Few. There is high unemployment and few challenging jobs available. Most opportunities are volunteering at local charitable organizations. - Jul 2011


Yes -- often with NGO's or PIOs. There are also a lot of "call centers" that are US owned that employ expats. - May 2011


No -- but there are a lot of jobs at the Embassy, not all of which are clerical in nature. - May 2011


Not really. There are plenty of jobs in the various Embassies around town, but professional jobs are rare. If there is an advertised opportunity, there will thousands of applicants, as Filipinos are highly educated and underemployed. Unless your uncle is advertising the position, you are unlikely to get it - vacancies stay within the family. - Feb 2010


Not sure. I know a few that work. There are people here at Embassy who can help with that though. - Jan 2010


There are little to no decent paying jobs on the local economy. Most spouses and EFMs find jobs in the embassy or international schools. - Jul 2009


If your visa allows you to work, there are numerous work opportunities if you are seeking experience, though salaries are very low. High paying jobs with international salaries are hard to come by. - Jun 2008


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