The Great Resignation Impacts Remote Work in the Philippines
You may have seen in the news that people are currently leaving their jobs in record numbers in countries like the U.S. The relationship between companies and their employees is undergoing a radical shift, mainly encouraged by the realization that flexible and remote works provide people with the so longed for life-work balance. Workers are rethinking what is important in their lives, and in many cases the greatest incentive is time. The time an employee does not need to spend in commuting is time they can share with their family, time in unnecessary meetings at work can be spent cooking a good meal. Modern workers hate commuting so much that many say they’d do almost anything else instead, even take lower paying jobs, as long as they can stay at home or work from wherever part in the world they feel they want to. And although it seems like a small detail, it does make all the difference when it comes to happiness and satisfaction.
According to a recent article, figures from the Office for National Statistics in the U.K. indicate that 791,000 workers (2.6% of the country’s entire workforce) swapped jobs in the second quarter of 2021, with many of them leaving for a flexible job opportunity. This massive resignation of workers in the U.S. and the U.K. has led to a more pronounced talent scarcity problem in these countries. Prior to the pandemic, we were already seeing that talent was scarce due to an ageing workforce, skills mismatch, and other factors, like limitations to labor mobility, coming into play. However, this situation has provided more opportunities for remote workers in developing countries like the Philippines.
With remote working options, not only do employers see the financial benefits of hiring people overseas, but even U.S. workers prefer to migrate to a foreign destination and work from their dreamed beach or mountain home.
Private investigators have seen an increase in the demand for employment background checks in the Philippines, tied to the also increasing demand for talent here. Foreign companies are searching in the Philippines their administrative assistants, technical support agents, graphic designers, IT freelancers and more.
Of course, the transition has not been necessarily a smooth ride. Hiring in a foreign country can be tricky, especially in a country with high risk for fraud rates. Employers have to plan their recruiting budgets to include local private investigators in the Philippines for the screening process.
For those employers who granted a flexible remote work option to their current team, and have employees who migrated to the Philippines, many questions have arisen too. For example, what happens when employees move to locations with a lower cost of living? Should they lower their compensation even though the impact of their work hasn’t changed? What new work laws could apply to their employees given their new location?
Be as it may, the truth is that the jobs some people decide to leave are opportunities for others who have been less favored. Massive resignations have led to employers putting their eyes in Philippines remote talent, and this is a strong trend for this year.
If you are one of the employers looking for talent in the Philippines, contact us for an employment screening quote.
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