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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!
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I think a local VP in my company (I.T) would be on about 60-80K per month.
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You mean PHP? Da*n that would be a letdown, I can't see myself relocating the family for that.

Thanks for the answer!


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Yes it's a crazy low salary isn't it. My engineers have a salary of 4 times that in Dubai.
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Yeah, I make approx. 8 times that now in Stockholm if I include pension investment from the firm, plus healthcare, day care and schooling is free (even Uni)

Ok let's see what they say...

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Well if it turns out to be accurate, stay put where you are already getting a very strong salary. You won't come to the philippines for the pay packet that is for certain. Bear in mind the cost of living is near half what you are experiencing in Sweden.
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There must be some high (higher paying) paying jobs in the Philippines but in general the wages as very low. All my relatives with any ambition at all ( sadly very few) go overseas to Taiwan/Hong Kong/Dubai for work or are seamen. I think they make like 20k to 30k pesos per month with no skills. Here in the PI there are no jobs or they would work in the fields for 200 to 300 pesos/day.

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Can you find out if you will be working for a local company or non local?
----Snip---- Make sure to get a salary quote.


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If you are being recruited from overseas then I would assume that they are not looking to pay local wages but somewhere closer to what you can earn at home.

You may note get that here but the cost of living is much less here than at home. I am living very well in Makati, at an upscale one bedroom condo with pool, security etc. on 100k p a month, that is $US 2,000. My budget is roughly 30k for the apartment plus utilities, cell phone etc. 35k for food not counting meals out and 40k for entertainment, meals out, dates, movies etc. I don’t own a car because parking alone is more than I spend on Grab, Uber and taxi.

I simply would tell them what you are earning and let them offer.
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I agree with Manitoba. Especially in Manila there are many places that would pay you something closer to a European wage than a 'local' wage, especially at a senior level and with a multinational company.
I would add though that if you are bringing a family over you need to consider other costs - education and healthcare being the main ones.
Manila is probably OK for a single person but if you are bringing family with you you might want to consider schooling, medical expenses and also stuff like food and leisure.
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.
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