Overseas Workers

Major Occupation of Overseas Filipino Workers (Results from the 2007 Survey on Overseas Filipino)

The total number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in April to September 2007 was estimated at 1.7 million. Of this number, about 35.0 percent or 612 thousand OFWs were laborers and unskilled workers (i.e. sales and services, elementary workers, laborers in mining, construction, manufacturing, transport, agricultural, forestry, fishery and related laborers). Those who worked as sales or service workers comprised 14.3 percent; trades and related workers, 13.8 percent; and plant and machine operators and assemblers, 13.4 percent of the total number of OFWs.

2007 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2007 was registered at 1.75 million. This represents an increase of 15.3 percent over the estimated 1.52 million OFWs in April to September 2006. Out of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2007, 92.4 percent (1.61 million) were Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work-contract abroad. The number of OCWs in April to September 2007 went up by 16.6 percent over the 1.38 million OCWs estimated for the same months in 2006.

2006 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2006 reached 1.52 million. The 2006 estimate represents an increase of 14.3 percent over the 1.33 million OFWs estimated for the period April to September 2005. The Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract abroad comprised 91.4 percent (1.38 million) of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2006. This number is 14 percent more than the 1.21 million OCWs for the same months in 2005.

2005 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) during the period April to September 2005 was estimated at 1.33 million. This number is 12.5 percent more than the 1.18 million OFWs estimated for the period April to September 2004. The overseas contract workers (OCWs) or those with existing work-contract comprised 91.6 percent of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2005. This number is higher by about 1.22 million or by 10.7 percent over the estimate for the same months in 2004 (1.10 million).

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