PH ranks 7th in ‘fastest-growing’ global remote work hubs

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

October 31, 2023, 6:09 pm

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MANILA – The Philippines is the seventh “fastest-growing” remote work hub in the world, according to work and travel platform Nomad List.

In a statement, Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil noted that Manila has been named by Nomad List as among the 10 ideal destinations in Asia, South America and Europe for digital nomads or remote workers who usually travel to different locations.

The list of fastest-growing global remote work destinations was posted on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) official Instagram account.

“In the listing, destinations are ranked by growth rates of check-ins made in uik my places by tens of thousands of Nomad List members using live data analyzing 299,498 check-ins. The primary rank is the most recent growth in check-ins,” Garafil said.

“These growth numbers give travelers and workers an idea of the fastest growing remote work hubs and also show the current rank on Nomad List so they can gauge the popularity of the place,” she added.

Tokyo, Japan topped the list, followed by Danang, Vietnam; Seoul, South Korea; Kuala Lumpur and Penang, both in Malaysia.

The other places considered as fastest-growing remote work destinations include Montevideo, Uruguay (6th), Hanoi, Vietnam (8th), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (9th), and Ljubljana, Slovenia (10th).

Garafil said Nomad List found them the “best” places in the world to live, work and travel as a remote worker, “collecting millions of data points every second on thousands of cities around the world, from cost of living, temperature to safety.”

“Tracking the country’s five-year growth from 2018 to 2022, the Philippines posted +78-percent growth. For 2023, it recorded +60-percent growth based on 10 months of data. Last year, it posted +1,183-percent growth,” she said.

Garafil affirmed the Philippines’ inclusion as one of the top remote work hubs worldwide, saying the country is also ideal for business because of its “sustained economic growth rate, current bureaucratic reforms, and the administration’s ongoing thrust for infrastructure development and digitalization.”

“The Marcos government has been enticing businesses to come to the Philippines, considering the country’s young, highly skilled, and English-speaking workforce,” she said.

Nomad list is a platform with over 10,000 members who log the places where they are working.

Based on its official website, more than 4 million people have used Nomad List in the past year to find 1,368 cities in over 190 countries to live and work. (PNA)