Basic Facts

The Philippines is an island country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. It is an archipelago consisting of more than 7,000 islands and islets lying about 800 kilometers off the coast of Vietnam. The country is bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the southwest. It also covers an area of 300,000 square kilometers.


*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in the Philippines.

Capital :
Currency :
Philippine peso ( ₱; PHP)
Languages spoken :
Filipino; English
Population :
111.05 million (2021 est.)
Minimum wage 2023 :
PHP 438 to PHP 610 per day (Varies by sector and region)
Cost of Living index :
$$ (92 of 139 countries)
Payroll Frequency :
Twice per month
VAT - standard rate :
GDP - real growth rate :
5.7% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

The national holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2024.

Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1
New Year's Day
March 28
Maundy Thursday
March 29
Good Friday
March 30
Black Saturday
Non-Working Holiday
April 9
The Day of Valor
April 10
Eid'I Fitr
May 1
Labor Day
June 12
Independence Day
June 16
Eidul Adha
August 21
Ninoy Aquino Day
Non-Working Holiday
August 26
National Heroes' Day
November 1
All Saints' Day
Non-Working Holiday
November 2
All Souls' Day
November 30
Bonifacio Day
December 8
Immaculate Conception Day
Non-Working Holiday
December 24
Christmas Holiday
December 25
Christmas Day
December 30
Rizal Day
December 31
New Year's Eve

Contract Sharing Time

The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in Philippines is 6 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal and external review, directly leading to a time delay.

NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.

What You Need To Know

  • In the Philippines, there is a Telecommuting Act that emphasizes two key principles of fair treatment and data privacy.

  • Pre-employment medical checks are mandatory for new hires while annual medical checks are also required for all employees.

  • The minimum wage varies by the sector one is employed in, and the region in which the employee resides.

  • There is a provision for termination of employment based on ill-health.
  • Female employees are entitled to two months’ leave with full pay from the employer following surgery due to gynecological disorders, provided they have rendered continuous aggregate employment service of at least six months in the last 12 months.

Labor Conditions

Working Hours

The normal hours of work of any employee must not exceed eight hours a day. Employers must provide no less than 60 minutes of unpaid meal breaks to employees. Rest periods or coffee breaks of five to 20 minutes, if provided, must be considered paid time.



Work may be performed beyond eight hours a day provided that the employee is paid for the overtime work, an additional compensation equivalent to their regular wage plus at least 25% thereof.

Probation Period

The probationary period must be no more than six months. Once the probation period is completed, the employment contract becomes permanent.


Termination Notice Period

A 30 day notice period is required. There is no notice period for dismissal for just causes.

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

Any employee who has rendered at least one year of service is entitled to a yearly service incentive leave of five days with pay. This leave can be used as holidays or sick days. There are no rulings for carryover, and that aspect of the vacation policy is left to the discretion of the employer.

Sick Leave

There is no statutory provision for sick leave in the Philippines. However, the five fully paid days for service leave can be used as sick leave. Employee contracts, company policy, and collective bargaining agreements often include sick leave benefits.

Parental Leave

Parental leave of no more than seven working days with full pay every year is granted to any solo parent employee who has rendered service for at least one year.


Maternity Leave

Maternity leave of at least 105 days, paid at 100 % of their average daily salary credit, is granted to female employees with at least three months’ contributions to the Social Security System in the past 12 months. Single mothers are eligible for an additional 15 days of paid leave. Employed female workers receive full pay, which consists of  Social Security System benefits computed based on their average daily salary credit and salary differential, to be paid by the employer, if any.


Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to seven working days of paid paternity leave with full pay from their employer for up to four children.

Other Types of Paid Leave

Rehabilitation Leave

Rehabilitation leave is granted to employees for disability on account of injuries sustained while in the performance of duty. The duration, frequency, and terms of availing of this leave are based on the recommendation of the medical authority.


Leave Due to Domestic Violence

Female victims of domestic violence receive 10 days of leave with full pay from their employer.

Special Leave for Women

Female employees are entitled to two months’ leave with full pay from the employer following surgery due to gynecological disorders, provided she has rendered continuous aggregate employment service of at least six months in the last 12 months.

Unpaid Leave

Unpaid leave is granted for a duration of 30 days in cases where additional maternity leave is requested.

Statutory Benefits

In the Philippines, employees covered by the social security system are entitled to a package of benefits under the Social Security and Employees’ Compensation (EC) Programs in the event of death, disability, unemployment, sickness, maternity, and old age. 

An overview of the social security contributions is presented below.


Employer Contribution

Employee Contribution

Monthly Salary Cap

Social Security (SSS)



PHP 30,000

Health Insurance



PHP 80,000

Home Development Fund



PHP 5,000

Employees’ Compensation


PHP 15,000

Health Insurance

The premium rate for health insurance is 4%, shared equally between the employer and the employee, i.e. 2% each.

The National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) was established with the purpose of providing health insurance coverage and ensuring affordable, acceptable, available, and accessible services for all citizens of the Philippines.

Other Insurances

Accident Insurance


Accidental insurance is funded by Social Security contributions made by the employer. The employer contributes 9.5% to the social security fund.

The Employees Compensation Insurance Fund (ECIF), also known as the “State Insurance Fund”, was created under Presidential Decree No. 626. It was established to carry out the State’s policy to promote and develop a tax-exempt employee compensation program in which employees and their dependents, in the event of work-related disability or death, may promptly secure adequate income, medical, and other related benefits. 

As a purely employer-based contribution benefit,  the employee does not contribute any amount to the program.

Unemployment Insurance


Members covered by the social security system are entitled to the Involuntary Separation Benefit. It is a cash benefit granted to covered employees who are involuntarily separated from employment (e.g. due to retrenchment, downsizing, closure, or cessation of operations, installation of labor-saving devices, and redundancy).

Public Pension

The public pension is financed by social security contributions and the employer’s contribution rate to the fund is pegged at 9.5%.

The retirement benefit is a cash benefit paid either in a monthly pension or a lump sum to a member who can no longer work due to old age. Members must have paid at least 120 monthly contributions prior to retirement to qualify for the old age pension.

Other Statutory Benefits

Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)


The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), popularly known as Pag-IBIG Fund, operates a national savings program and provides affordable shelter financing for Filipino workers.

Employers contribute 2% of the monthly compensation of the covered employee as a counterpart contribution.


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