Is outsourcing ethical?

As we enjoy the festive season, it’s a great time to pause and think about the community we serve.

Outsourcing is commonly criticized as unethical, unfair, or worse. People say that an annual salary of $6,000-$12,000 is too low, but they need to realize that most of the global population earns less than this.

Giving people across emerging markets a way to tap into the global economy is an incredible opportunity. It provides meaningful work, an excellent salary, great working conditions, and an exciting career ladder.

It’s sometimes valuable to remind people what normal people might earn in the Philippines. It isn’t very much. And good jobs are hard to come by.

In contrast, here are some good paying white collar roles on offer in the offshore staffing industry. These are annual salaries in USD.

See a full analysis of salaries in this guide here.

Over the last three decades, the outsourcing industry has catalyzed enormous wealth and opportunity for developing nations. Equally, the outsourcing industry has enabled Western companies to scale their workforces – without negatively impacting employment rates. It’s a win-win.

Here’s an inspiring video that shines a light on real outsourcing professionals who are passionate about their work and proud of their careers. It makes me proud to be a part of this industry.

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Philippines United Kingdom Australia United States
Software Developer
HR Manager
Team Leader
Copy Writer
Customer Service
Virtual Assistance
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Philippines $7,221
United Kingdom $39,913
Australia $62,653
United States $81,994

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About Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business for 20 years, outsourcing for over eight years, and has been living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.