From Julia, my OFcS (Online Filipino Content Specialist):

I was reading the news this morning and I came across this sad local news story:  Rizal town slammed for offering low pay to registered nurses (

This town is offering their registered nurses P13,000/month. To give you an idea of how much P13,000 is, that’s $260/month for a full-time registered nurse.

It’s no surprise why a lot of nurses and college graduates are opting to work online instead of working in a hospital.

At $260/month, not only are you exposing yourself to illnesses, you also have to commute to work. We haven’t taken into account the other expenses like food, clothing for work, etc. 

Even we at don’t endorse that starting salary anymore. It’s just too low. That number may have worked around 10 years ago. But in our latest salary guide ( , we’ve started recommending a starting salary for new employees at $350/month. That’s for new, inexperienced workers. They don’t even have to be registered nurses.

This news frustrates me because it just reminds me how underappreciated our doctors and nurses are during this pandemic. They’re in the frontlines. They should be paid fairly for the work that they do and the risk they undertake. 

As much as I am happy to have more nurses working online and from home, we still need nurses in the field. If our government continues to undervalue the people who risk their lives to save others, I worry about our future.

We laid out a guide to salaries.  
How do you determine salaries?  
What about raises?


PS. I had 3 people ask me this past week if it’s possible to hire someone with perfect English.  The above from Julia is unedited.  Yes, it’s possible, and it’s not that hard.

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