Overseas Filipinos

2014 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2014 was estimated at 2.3 million. Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract comprised 96.0 percent (2.2 million) of the total OFWs. The rest (4.0% or 92 thousand) worked overseas without contract. Slightly the same number of OFWs and OCWs was reported in 2013 (Table 1 and Figure 1).

Total Number of OFWs Estimated at 2.3 Million (Results from the 2014 Survey on Overseas Filipinos)¹

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2014 was estimated at 2.3 million. Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract comprised 96.0 percent (2.2 million) of the total OFWs. The rest (4.0% or 92 thousand) worked overseas without contract (Table 1).

There were slightly more female OFWs (50.5%) than male (49.5%) OFWs. The OFWs in age group 25 to 29 years comprised the largest single group (24.8%) followed by those aged 30 to 34 years (23.7%). Female OFWs were comparatively younger than male OFWs. Half (50.1%) of the male OFWs were aged 35 years and over. By comparison, a smaller percentage (36.6%) of total female OFWs were in this age group. Almost three in every ten female OFWs (29.8%) were aged 25 to 29 years. By comparison, about one in every five (19.8%) male OFWs were in same age group (Table 1).

2013 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2013 was estimated at 2.3 million. The Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract abroad comprised 96.2 percent (2.2 million) of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2013.

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