Planning to start accounting outsourcing? The Philippines is an ideal location, whether you’re an accounting firm looking to grow your team, or a company with an in-house finance team that needs some additional accounting support.


The Philippines has more than 175,000 Certified Public Accounts (CPAs), and nearly 8,000 more join the workforce every year, after graduating from university and passing their board exams. Plus, in addition to CPAs, the Philippines is home to at least as many non-CPA accountants.

The accountant talent pool is highly-employable as both CPAs and fresh graduates have extensive experience from working with accounting firms. In other words, they are agile, and experienced in what they do.

Accounting experience

All MicroSourcing accountants are university graduates and highly proficient in spoken and written English. Their experience varies as follows:

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  • Junior – Junior accountants in the Philippines are typically new graduates with a relevant degree and up to 11 months of relevant working experience.
  • Intermediate – A typical intermediate accountant in the Philippines has 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Senior – Most senior accountants in the Philippines have 3+ years of relevant experience.

All accountants are fully qualified and experienced in:

  • Accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Customer billing
  • Analysis of financial reports
  • Reviewing and processing of expenses
  • Maintaining accounts records, as well as customer and vendor records
  • Assisting end of month processes.

Most intermediate and senior accountants in the Philippines have worked with accounting firms where they’re expected to work with clients from a wide range of industries all at once. So they have to be fast learners and hard workers.

You can even employ senior accountants with a specialist understanding of your local taxation laws (e.g. US or Australian tax law).

Filipino accountants stay in their role for an average of 5 years.

Accounting tools

Accountants in the Philippines typically have extensive experience in the leading accounting tools, including:

Myob
Quickbooks
Sap
Sage
Myob
Quickbooks
Sap
Sage

Save up to 70% on labor and occupancy costs

Because living costs are so low in the Philippines, labor and occupancy costs are too. We can employ and accommodate fully qualified, very experienced CPAs for your team in the Philippines for up to 70% less than you’d pay in your local employment market.

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Tips for employing Filipino accountants

  • It typically takes 6-8 weeks to recruit an accountant when outsourcing in the Philippines. The more experience you require, the longer it takes.
  • Employ the best person for the role, not the cheapest. That may seem like obvious advice, but because talent is so inexpensive in the Philippines, some clients are tempted to seek out the lowest possible salary, in the mistaken belief that this will maximize their margin. The truth is, that just as when you employ at home, it’s a balance between cost and return, and cheapest rarely delivers the best ROI. But don’t worry; no matter what level of experience you’re after, you’ll find Filipino candidates who possess it for a fraction of the annual salary of their onshore counterparts. So you have the luxury of choosing very qualified accountants for a price that wouldn’t even get you a junior back at home.
  • If you’re after someone with experience in your local tax laws, be prepared to wait a bit longer, and pay a bit more. If you need this specific expertise, you may be better off – at least initially – hiring junior and intermediate accountants in the Philippines and getting a local senior accountant to train them up.
  • When employing outsourced teams of accountants, most of our clients structure the team as follows: senior team leader, one or more intermediates and one or more juniors. Their senior offshore accountant is typically supported by a senior onshore accountant.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Your outsourced accountant can be up and running in as little as six to eight weeks when you outsource through MicroSourcing. From discussing the requirements and qualifications desired of your accountant(s), to assigning your new team member their very first task, MicroSourcing can help meet your requirements. Keep in mind, if you require a larger team of accountants, then our talent acquisition team may require additional time for the extra recruitment, training and onboarding needed to establish your qualified, offshore team.

What are the costs of outsourcing to the Philippines?

Outsourcing to the Philippines can result in significant cost savings of up to 70%. Here at MicroSourcing, we offer a monthly fee to help reduce overheads and allow you to focus on scaling and growing your business. Included in the monthly fee is infrastructure, recruitment and training, security, staff benefits and management.

What are the qualifications and skills of a great accountant?

Successful accountancy skills include:

  • Experience creating financial statements and tax returns
  • Time management and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Keen organization skills to maintain accounting records
  • Strong attention to detail and familiarity with accounting software.

A degree in accounting or finance is essential. Organizations can even find accountants who are CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CA (Chartered Accountant) accredited through outsourcing providers.

How can I ensure quality when hiring offshore accountants 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 candidates 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.

Sample accountant profiles

Advanced SAP knowledge and Xero knowledge

SKILLS

  • Advanced SAP knowledge and Xero knowledge
  • Advanced End to end bookkeeping skills
  • Advanced technical skills
  • With knowledge on Taxation of Philippines and Australia

RECENT ROLES

  • Intermediate Accountant
  • General Accounting Operations Associate
  • Finance Analyst 1
Advanced knowledge in preparing Financial Reports: Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Comprehensive

SKILLS

  • Advanced knowledge in preparing Financial Reports: Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Comprehensive
  • Income, Statement of Cash Flow, Financial Analysis, Management Reports, Budget Reports and Tax Reports.
  • Competent in using QuickBooks, MS-DOS/FOXPRO, Envoy V5, SAP, Al-Ameen, Oracle
  • EBS (12.0.4) and Xero Certified.
  • Proficient skills in using MS Office Applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

RECENT ROLES

  • Senior Officer – Accounting & Finance
  • CFO Assistant / Accounting Supervisor
  • Accounting Supervisor (AR PowerUser)
Knowledge in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

SKILLS

  • Knowledge in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity in internet application
  • Familiarity in SAP application
  • WDS Compass Contract Application
  • JD Edwards
  • AP Workflow
  • Online Document Management (ODM)

RECENT ROLES

  • Senior Accountant
  • Senior Billing Staff

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Want an accountant - or a team of accountants - in the Philippines?

Since our inception in 2006, MicroSourcing has become one of the biggest providers of offshoring solutions in the Philippines. With over 4,500 employees, 7 offices and 250 clients, we can help you build a dedicated team in the Philippines, regardless of the roles and level of specialization you require. We have more than 3,000 accountants in our candidate database, and we’ve employed more than 260 accountants for our clients since 2006.

Work with a top accounting BPO in the Philippines to outsource your accounting needs. Call +1 888-731-0023 today or send us an email to discuss your company's accounting needs, You'll have your offshore personal assistant(s) up and running in as little as 4 weeks.

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