Philippines Outsourcing Scorecard

Strong English skills and financial incentives to bring in business, but continued political instability

A guide to outsourcing in the Philippines.

  • Overall Ranking: Challenging
  • Average 2nd Year Programmer Salary: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Geopolitical Risk: High
  • English Proficency: Very Good
  • Pros: Ranked fourth overall by A.T. Kearney, due largely to language skills (English with American accents), Western cultural literacy and exposure to global business. Tied with Ghana for the world's best financial incentives for attracting IT business. Bandwidth high compared to neighbors. Years of experience with standard BPO projects, earning country about $1 billion annually.
  • Cons: Continued political instability and infrastructure weaknesses. Low IT process maturity. CMM, Six Sigma and other process certifications not followed until recently. On IIPA priority watch list.

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