More employees in the Philippines seek secondary employment

60% of employees in the Philippines are taking on part-time work, as the economic downturn reshapes spending habits and financial priorities.
By: | November 3, 2023

More employees in the Philippines are taking on part-time jobs to bolster their income and attain financial stability.

Specifically, 60% of employees in the Philippines are now engaged in some form of part-time work, with younger people being the most involved. Of the respondents involved in part-time work, 84% said the ongoing economic downturn has led to shifts in spending behaviour.

These findings from Agile Data Solutions also found that 78% of men and 76% of women with part-time jobs feel the need to save their income, with Gen Z and Millennials avoiding non-essential purchases. Furthermore, women tend to hold a single part-time job, while men often juggle two or more positions.

Financial independence is the top priority for 83% of Gen Z individuals (aged 18-25), compared to 76% of older generations (aged 41-60). On the other hand, older generations placed a greater emphasis on flexibility, with 47% considering it important, while only 25% of Gen Z respondents shared this sentiment.

Strong communication skills are essential for securing part-time employment, with 84% of women and 81% of men emphasising their value. The survey also revealed that call centre roles are the most sought-after part-time positions, followed by virtual assistant roles, service crew positions, IT roles, and sales positions.

Furthermore, a work-from-home arrangement is the preferred working condition for individuals of all age groups, reported Philstar.

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Jason Gaguan, Chairman and CEO of Agile Data Solutions, said, “Filipinos today aren’t just adapting to the digital age—they’re truly making the most of it. With all the new technology and online platforms out there, many are finding jobs that fit their preferences and skills. It’s a testament to the adaptability and spirit of the modern Filipino workforce.”