Facebook, Grab to hire more Filipinos in Singapore, as Taiwan eyes 20K more Pinoys

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Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople says Facebook and Grab are looking to hire more Filipinos in Singapore (PHOTO: Mateusz Slodkowski/Grab Singapore)

Tech giants Facebook and Grab aim to hire more Filipino workers in Singapore, while an additional 20,000 Filipino factory workers are expected to be hired in Taiwan by December, according to Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople.

According to ABS-CBN News, Ople said on Sunday (September 4), "For the first time, Facebook has requested for accreditation as an employer which speaks a lot about the excellence of our Filipino IT professionals."

She did not specify what roles Facebook and Grab are looking to fill, but noted that the firms are "keen on hiring from us."

In addition, Singapore's Ministry of Health has also contacted the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and "expressed their desire to explore ways of recruiting or hiring more of our health workers for employment in Singapore."

Ople noted that there are currently about 200,000 overseas Filipino workers in the city-state, of whom 84,000 are domestic workers. The rest are professionals and skilled workers in various industries.

Separately, the Secretary said that 20,000 more Filipino workers are to be hired in Taiwan, in addition to the more than 120,000 already working there. Ople told OneNews that as of July 2022, there are a total of 147,853 Filipino workers in Taiwan, of which 121,756 are employed in factories.

The existing factory workers, as well as those to be hired in December, will benefit from a new wage structure, added Ople. The Taiwanese Ministry of Labor recently increased the minimum monthly and hourly wage by 4.55 percent and 4.76 percent respectively, starting January 2023.

"Once implemented the order will raise the monthly minimum wage from P46,860.40 to P48,994.70 and the basic hourly rate from P311.78 to P326.63," said Ople.

More jobs opportunities are opening up for Filipinos as countries such as Canada, Germany, Israel and Thailand open up various industries for skilled labor.

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