24 Nov '11, 10am

Outsourcing stems Philippines labour exodus

Outsourcing stems Philippines labour exodus

MANILA : Malaysia-based computer whiz Arlene Teodoro packed his bags and flew home to the Philippines this year, going against the tide in an impoverished country that sends millions of workers abroad. Forced to leave his family and friends in 2008 in search of a decent job overseas, the 35-year-old bachelor says he is back for good because his skills are suddenly in big demand amid a business process outsourcing boom. "Nothing compares to being back in the Philippines," said Teodoro, part of a 30-strong computer science class at a Manila university in the early 1990s, most of whose members also went overseas to find work. "When I was working abroad I'd use up all my vacation leaves to attend family events and reconnect with my family." Teodoro now earns about US$3,000 a month as a business intelligence analyst for a US data mining firm, which uses powerful software to pre...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_bu...

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