Curious about construction outsourcing or whether engineering services outsourcing could work for your company? Before you sign up with a BPO or hire offshore staff, here’s what you need to know…

The construction and engineering sector is particularly sensitive to global economic and political fluctuations. But while these are complex times, particularly in relation to trade agreements, tariffs and disruption to global supply chains, the future of the industry looks bright, according to Deloitte’s 2019 Engineering and Construction Industry Outlook.

This is great news for construction and engineering firms. However, keeping up with demand for high quality services, delivered on schedule, is proving to be a challenge. Companies are finding it more difficult than ever to recruit and retain qualified staff in great enough quantities.

In fact, Deloitte goes as far as to say that “labor shortages are reaching crisis proportions”1 and cites resourcing as one of the main stumbling blocks to the industry’s growth, resulting in failure to respond to market needs, losing project bids, and an inability to innovate.

The capacity for innovation is essential for engineering and construction firms, particularly if they hope to profit from larger projects. Without it, productivity is lower2, and opportunities to be more competitive in an industry that can be slow to take up new technology will be missed. As sustainability becomes more important3 in every facet of the industry, there is an even greater emphasis on the technology required to meet those challenges.

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Meanwhile, the cost of raw materials continues to rise4, making it increasingly difficult to maintain acceptable profit margins5.

So, how do you increase capacity by recruiting and retaining good staff, while simultaneously keeping costs manageable? The answer (for most construction and engineering companies) is outsourcing.

But how does it work? Watch this video to find out more about outsourcing in construction and engineering.


Why outsource construction and engineering services?

Construction and engineering projects are generally made up of many components that are subcontracted to smaller entities. Project management is at the core of the work, and determines the success, or otherwise, of the outcome. It’s precisely this multifaceted aspect of day-to-day operations that makes offshoring so attractive.

Indeed, the construction industry has been offshoring engineering services for many years6, in both the EPC sector (engineering, procurement and construction) and the AEC sector (architectural, engineering and construction).

For many firms, outsourcing construction roles is what puts them in a position to bid for larger jobs. Efficiencies can be created in certain areas, allowing for a more strategic focus of resources and the capacity for expansion.

Those areas include everything from back office functions, accounting and IT, through to 3D modeling and drafting services.

Of course, at all times, work standards are of paramount importance, as are national and corporate security (depending on the project). So it’s imperative to ensure you work with trusted professionals who are familiar with the requirements of the industry and can perform to the level that you require.

Frequently outsourced engineering services and construction roles

Some of the more frequently offshored engineering and construction roles include:

1 2021 engineering and construction industry outlook
2 Building & Construction in the Digital Age
3 Design and Construction for a Sustainable Industry
4 Rising materials costs weaken industry outlook
5 Construction Services Industry Profitability
6 Offshoring of Engineering Services in the Construction Industry

Sample engineering and construction employee profiles

At MicroSourcing, we have more than 6,100 engineering and construction specialists in our candidate database, and access to more than an additional 4,500 across the Philippines. Here are a few examples of real candidate profiles:

Knowledgeable in AutoCAD, AutoNEST, Staad, Google Sketchup, PlanSwift, RS Means


  • Knowledgeable in AutoCAD, AutoNEST, Staad, Google Sketchup, PlanSwift and RS Means
  • Can perform mathematical operations and engineering calculations
  • Coordination of structural and architectural works
  • Proficient in 2D & 3D AutoCAD, ETAP, Dialux EVO
  • Electrical power system design


  • Civil and Structural Cost Engineer
  • Assistant Quantity Surveyor
  • Cost Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
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  • Low current systems design
  • AFSS layout plan and fire safety layout plan
  • Microsoft Excel (Advanced)
  • Electrical installation and supervision
  • 2D and 3D CAD electrical drawing
  • Architectural layout designs using Revit and AutoCAD


  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Design Specialist
  • Designer/Revit/Autocad Specialist
  • 2D/3D Autocad Operator

MicroSourcing clients by industry

MicroSourcing has built a close affinity with the Ecommerce Industry. In fact, ECommerce is in our Top 5 Industry Sectors enjoying and mastering the benefits of offshoring. With over 320 Ecommerce professionals currently working for clients in Australia, the Americas and across Europe, we have significant experience in this Industry.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get an offshore engineering and construction team up and running in the Philippines?

It is completely dependent on what roles you decide to offshore. You could have a team up and running in as little as six to eight weeks. 

The best way to ensure an efficient recruitment process for our talent acquisition (TA) team in the Philippines is to ensure that, during consultations, you detail the role requirements, skills and ideal candidate as best you can. This will ensure that our TA team has the necessary information to source the perfect candidate to get your offshore team up and running as soon as possible.

Keep in mind, depending on the size of your required engineering and construction team, our talent acquisition team may require additional time for the extra recruitment, training and onboarding.

How can I ensure quality when hiring an offshore engineering and construction team in the Philippines?

MicroSourcing’s talent acquisition team works just as an in-house recruitment team would. They screen, interview and test candidates to ensure they meet the needs and requirements as illustrated in your position descriptions. With over 10 years of experience pioneering a new way of offshoring, MicroSourcing’s expertise is backed by being one of the largest and most experienced offshoring providers in the Philippines - so quality is not a concern.

With a dedicated management team on the ground, working one-on-one with your staff in the Philippines, MicroSourcing has 192+ talented staff in operations who keep the communication between your business and your offshore team streamlined. We also have operational departments that help your employees function efficiently and productively.

Interested in recruiting team(s) in the Philippines?

Since our inception in 2006, MicroSourcing has become one of the biggest providers of offshoring solutions in the Philippines. We can help you build a dedicated team in the Philippines, regardless of the roles and level of specialization you require. MicroSourcing is backed by our parent company, Probe CX, one of Australia’s fastest-growing offshoring solution and customer engagement firms. So, it’s safe to say we’re experts in outsourcing to the Philippines.

Call +1 888-731-0023 today or send us an email to discuss your company’s offshoring needs.

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