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OFWs seen Coming Home to Work at the BPO Sector

by: Sarah Joson

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Outsourcing News |

According to the executives at the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), Filipinos who are working abroad are enticed to come back home and find employment opportunities in the booming information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) sector.

Local IT-BPO sector's relatively higher pay attracting OFWs back to the Philippines

Joey Gurango, President of IBPAP member-org, Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), said since the IT-BPO offers jobs with relatively higher pay, Filipinos working abroad and those who are working domestically are enticed to work in the sector.  

Gurango once worked in the US back in the 1970s and was employed in IT heavyweights such as Apple and Microsoft. He now owns a software company with four employees who have worked in Australia and Singapore.

He said the local IT-BPO sector has lots to offer and all that needs to be done is to inform and educate Filipinos about the vast developments in progressing countries.
Meanwhile, IBPAP President Jose Mari Mercado said all IT-BPO companies in the Philippines have a ‘balikbayan’ and landed a job in the rapidly growing outsourcing industry. In fact, Joyce G. Virata, IBPAP’s Senior Executive Director, said the Philippines provides IT-BPO services to almost a tenth of the global market, and is second to the leading global provider of IT which is India.

The Philippines still leads the global voice services outsourcing segment, accounting for 38 percent of the global market, which could easily grow to two-fifths of the entire voice industry by 2016.


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