Remote’s guide to employing in

the Philippines
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Make employment in the Philippines easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in the Philippines, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Philippine peso (₱, PHP)

  • Languages

    Filipino and English

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll
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Facts & Stats

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Philippine peso (₱, PHP)

  • Languages

    Filipino and English

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    40.65 (89 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate

    5% on goods, 6% on services

  • GDP - real growth rate

    6.0% (2019)

The Philippines is a southeast Asian nation composed of over 7,000 islands. It is located between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. With 108 million residents, it’s the thirteenth most populous country on Earth. As an archipelago, the Philippines is home to beautiful beaches and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The economy has a strong agricultural presence, but other sectors are growing. The Philippines is one of the leading suppliers of nurses worldwide. A very low cost of living makes the Philippines very attractive for workers.

Grow your team in Philippines with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Philippines? Companies hiring in Philippines must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Philippines on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Philippines team. You can also pay contractors now in Philippines with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Philippines, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Philippines may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in Philippines

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage in the Phillipines varies by region and ranges from PHP 306 to 610.

The work day is a maximum of eight hours. Employees working at night are paid a 10% differential.

Employees working overtime are paid a 25% differential.

Employees working on holidays are paid a 30% differential.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

In the Philippines, the 13th-month salary is a mandatory statutory benefit equivalent to an extra month's salary, paid out at the end of November each year for Remote Philippines. If the employee leaves the employment before the end of November, eligible employees are entitled to receive the pro-rated 13th-month salary with the final pay.

All rank-and-file employees who have worked for at least one month within the current calendar year are eligible, and it is calculated as one-twelfth of their total annual basic salary. Employees who quit, were fired, or were separated from their individual firms are still entitled to their 13th-month salary, as long as they worked for at least a month.

The 13th-month pay is generally not taxable, except for amounts exceeding PHP 90,000, which are subject to tax.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in the Philippines fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

18 Public holidays

Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day
Saturday, 10 February 20242Chinese New Year's Day (Special Non-Working Day)
Thursday, 28 March 20243Maundy Thursday
Friday, 29 March 20244Good Friday
Saturday, 30 March 20245Black Saturday (Special Non-Working Day)
Tuesday, 9 April 20246Araw ng Kagitingan
Wednesday, 1 May 20247Labour Day
Wednesday, 12 June 20248Independence Day
Wednesday, 21 August 20249Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-Working Day)
Monday, 26 August 202410National Heroes' Day
Friday, 1 November 202411All Saints' Day (Special Non-Working Day)
Saturday, 2 November 202412All Souls' Day (Special Non-Working Day)
Saturday, 30 November 202413Bonifacio Day
Sunday, 8 December 202414Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special Non-Working Day)
Tuesday, 24 December 202415Christmas Eve (Special Non-Working Day)
Wednesday, 25 December 202416Christmas Day
Monday, 30 December 202417Rizal Day
Tuesday, 31 December 202418New Year's Eve (Special Non-Working Day)

Competitive benefits package in the Philippines

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Philippines are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in the Philippines

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app