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If you end up getting paid in pesos, then reject it. It’s not worth it.

I’ve been all over the PH. Only Makati is a place I could live in. ----Snip-----

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Unless you or your partner is Filipino or you have a burning desire to live and work in the Philippines then you need to weigh up the benefit to your career against the upheaval and lifestyle change you and your family will have to go through.
Working for a large multinational company, it may be a prerequisite for further advancement to work in a foreign office and or one considered a hardship posting.

That also should be factored into your decision.

There are good international schools here. I have heard that they are expensive.

Big decision with lots of pro's and con's but I will say that the Philippines is a great place to live if you have the cash. Not as much cash as needed elsewhere in the world but local wages are usually not enough.

Close to lots of international destinations, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan etc all a couple hours flight away.
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Thanks for al the answers guys a lot of good advice. I have worked in Manila for 6 month before but that was in 2008 and I was living at Shangri-la Edsa the whole time, which does not give me the full picture of living. But I do like the Philippines and Manila.

The company is Macau base (which kind of gives you the industry).

I found this last night which is somewhat in line of what I would tell them when they ask (page 337) robertwalters.com.ph/content/dam/robert-walters/country/singapore/files/salary-survey/salary-survey-2017.pdf

(Business Analyst/Project/Change Management).

5.5M PHP p.a + housing and schooling as opening bid.
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Big decision with lots of pro's and con's but I will say that the Philippines is a great place to live if you have the cash. Not as much cash as needed elsewhere in the world but local wages are usually not enough.

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We are kind of looking for an easier life style than what we have in Sweden with the dark & the cold most of the year, all free time consumed by cleaning, laundry, gardening and such, when we want to be able to spend that time with our kids as a family.

But we are not willing to go down in living standards.

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We are kind of looking for an easier life style than what we have in Sweden with the dark & the cold most of the year, all free time consumed by cleaning, laundry, gardening and such, when we want to be able to spend that time with our kids as a family.

But we are not willing to go down in living standards.
Household help is cheap here. You can get live in 6 days a week childcare, household help, gardener, driver etc for next to nothing if you provide room and board. ( between $US 150 to $200 a month would be lots for the skilled people, a simple cleaner would be much less.). The hard part is finding someone good, dependable and trustworthy.

That buys you something very valuable, time.

A quick online look gives several 5 bedroom homes in Makati for between 200kp and 400kp a month depending on furnished or not. These will be luxury high-end homes in extremely safe subdivisions. Also, this is asking prices, you can always make a bargain, often 10% discounts for prepaying a year in advance.

Before making your decision, why not ask for a site visit? Get a feel for the place, location is important because the worst thing here is traffic, you do not want a long commute. Often during rush hour times walking is the fastest way around, even for longer distances.

If you come, just let us know. I am sure many here would be happy to have a coffee/beer with you and offer some insights.
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A quick online look gives several 5 bedroom homes in Makati for between 200kp and 400kp a month depending on furnished or not. These will be luxury high-end homes in extremely safe subdivisions. Also, this is asking prices, you can always make a bargain, often 10% discounts for prepaying a year in advance.
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Yeah I've seen that, I do think that I would like cap it at 180kp, saving you know ;-)

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If you end up getting paid in pesos, then reject it. Itís not worth it.

Iíve been all over the PH. Only Makati is a place I could live in. Donít go anywhere else or you get killed ... not just robbed. Your white skin is enough ?

Unless you are an eligator working for the government. Well, thatís another story.
Depends very much on how many Pesos the offer/contract is and as for being killed outside of Makati? My chances of survival in PH are much better than many other countries, government alligators prosper in all countries.

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Ladies & Gents,

I have an interview with a company in Manila as Vice President - IT.

Does anyone know what the salary span could be for such a position, I have google until my fingers started to bleed but cannot find good answers. This is the first interview with the head of HR and I'm suspecting that the salary question will come up.

This is an international firm with strong presence in SEA, I'm Swedish, living in Sweden and with previous work experience (long time ago) in Manila.

Huge thanks for any feedback!
Firstly welcome to the forum mate, enjoy, research and enjoy more especially if you are considering the move. Lots of info here.
Have you been head hunted? If so the financial side should be part of the initial meeting with your HR dept or if outsourced the info should be supplied to you, they know their budget and you need to find that out or simply state your requirements for the offered position. Better for them to offer then negotiate as we do. Definitely silly to go backwards financially, even with a superior income than you earn in Sweden you have to consider your wife, children, extended family etc. Good luck with your decision and I wish you the best.

Cheers, Steve.
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Firstly welcome to the forum mate, enjoy, research and enjoy more especially if you are considering the move. Lots of info here.
Have you been head hunted? If so the financial side should be part of the initial meeting with your HR dept or if outsourced the info should be supplied to you, they know their budget and you need to find that out or simply state your requirements for the offered position. Better for them to offer then negotiate as we do. Definitely silly to go backwards financially, even with a superior income than you earn in Sweden you have to consider your wife, children, extended family etc. Good luck with your decision and I wish you the best.

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I applied to a LinkedIn ad, which sadly does not give me the same barging power. But I agree, no meaning relocating if it is not good for the whole family.

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Yeah I've seen that, I do think that I would like cap it at 180kp, saving you know ;-)

You still should find something good at that. You might have to give up on location, size of the yard, number of bedrooms etc. but still you will find something pretty good for that.

Fior a point of comparison I am in Makati, in a modern high rise with security, gym pool etc. One bedroom fully furnished for 25k plus electric (between 2 and 3 k a month). Two bedrooms here are somewhere in the high 30's.

Not the best place if you have more than one kid but it should be a good point of comparison.

Makati or BGC will be the most expensive places here. Depending on where your job is you should be able to find something nice for that much, that is significantly more than I completely live on and I live the high life.
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