Overseas Workers

Total Number of OFWs Estimated at 2.4 Million (Results from the 2015 Survey on Overseas Filipinos)

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2015 was estimated at 2.4 million. Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract comprised 97.1 percent of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2015. The rest (2.9 %) worked overseas without contract (Table 1).

The proportion of female OFWs (51.1%) was higher than male OFWs (48.9%). The largest proportion of OFWs belonged to age group 25 to 29 years comprising 25.8 percent of all OFWs, followed by those aged 30 to 34 years with 23.2 percent. Female OFWs were younger compared to male OFWs. About seven percent of female OFWs were in the age group 15 to 24 years and 29.5 percent were in the age group 25 to 29 years while the corresponding percentages of male OFWs in the age groups were 6.8 percent and 21.9 percent, respectively. There were more male OFWs (49.3%) than female OFWs (39.4%) in age group 35 and over (Table 1).

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).

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