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Growing your Software Engineer career in the Philippines

With the rapid growth of digital transformation in various companies across industries, starting your career as a Software Engineer bounds you to many job opportunities and even career progression.

As you head over to JobStreet, Monster, LinkedIn, and even on the Asia Select Career Hub, you would notice there are thousands of available jobs all over the Philippines for professionals who are well-rounded in designing, coding, testing, and debugging of various software systems. The number of job vacancies alone is a good indicator that the age of Software Engineering is at its peak because of the growing demands from companies across industries.

Despite knowing the possible job opportunities as a Software Engineer, the next question would be: would you fit the qualifications and requirements employers are looking for?

Whether you are a junior or senior Software Engineer, we recruitment headhunters are here to guide you on how you can prepare yourself as you start or grow in your career.

Here’s a list of insights we can share with you as you plan #YourNextChapter as a Software Engineer:

Majority of the Software Engineers use .Net, JavaScript, CSS, and HTML as their main tools or languages; while for methodologies, they often use Agile (i.e., Scrum) and Waterfall.

Software Engineer design, develop, test, evaluate, and maintain the computer software. They are more on the systematic side who oversee the overall process.

Software Developers work on the development of software. They are more on the creative side by focusing on the codes that will run the software.

There may also be case to case basis where a hybrid of responsibilities of a Software Engineer and Software Developers combine, depending on the structure of an organization.

The most sought-after jobs for Software Engineers in the Philippines are Full-Stack Developer, Front-End Developer, and Back-End Developer for both local and multinational companies.

Full-Stack Developers work with both the front and back ends of a website or application by handling projects that involve databases, building user-facing websites, or even working with clients during the planning phase of projects.

Front-End Developers and Back-End Developers work closely together to make the user interface (UI), design, and code in sync. Front-End Developers are usually at the client side who are in-charge of building the UI and design of websites or applications that users see and interact with. Back-End Developers, on the other hand, are more on the server side who focus on building the “under the hood” parts that users do not usually interact with; they focus on building the code that will make websites or applications run.

Given the digital transformation initiatives of companies all over the world, Philippine-based companies are also keeping up with the global tech trend. Organizations belonging to the IT-BPM (such as Shared Services, BPO), FinTech, E-Commerce, Manufacturing, and Power & Utilities are looking for junior and senior Full Stack Developers, Front-End Developers, and Back-End Developers.

Based on actual market data gathered by Asia Select recruitment headhunters in 2021, the salary range of an entry-level Software Engineer in Philippines is between ₱20,000 – ₱50,000 depending on the company or industry.

Experienced Software Engineers with a handful of knowledge in different technical tools and who handled multiple projects have the advantage of getting higher pay.

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2021 Salary of Software Engineer Jobs in the Philippines

The career growth or progression of Software Engineers in the Philippines is positive. In fact, a junior software engineer can be promoted to a managerial role in a span of 7 years—given he or she is qualified based on finished projects and mastery of technical tools. Know more about the role’s career progression through the following infographic:

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Career Progression of Software Engineers in the Philippines

Front-End and Back-End Developers can also change their career track to be a Full Stack Developer given they have the technical knowledge and skills needed in the end-to-end development stage of a software.

Building expertise and skills and accomplishing different projects are important for Software Engineers.

  • For Full Stack Developers aspiring to be Solutions Architects in the future should prioritized building or enhancing their soft skills (or people skills) in the long run.
  • Front-End Developers and Back-End Developers can also be Solutions Architects given that they have mastered the end-to-end development stage and have the necessary soft skills as well.

Reaching out to recruitment headhunters is also a way to explore job opportunities for career growth. As headhunters, we are always on the lookout for top talents who we can help land a better job opportunity.

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Careed Advice for Software Engineers in the Philippines

The scope of work and involvement in the business increases as you grow in your role, such as managing and collaborating with other teams, stakeholders, and clients.

If you are aspiring to grow in your role—whether as a senior member of the team, a Lead Full Stack Developer/Manager, or as a Solutions Architect—it is critical that you hone the following soft skills:

  • Business Acumen: Positioning yourself as an integral part of the business also means understanding overall business impact and having intuition on the bottom line. Taking interest in finance, marketing, sales and revenue metrics can help you validate the value of your work and make improvements when necessary.
  • Communication and Presentation: Your ability to communicate, pitch ideas and influence decisions will be integral as you manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Leadership and People Management: Teams are composed of members from different age groups, backgrounds and work preferences. Having the ability to manage and solve problems, decide for the team's well-being, motivate and inspire colleagues, and be accountable for the team are the important qualities of a commendable leader.
  • Sales and Relationship Building: As you begin to communicate with different stakeholders, including clients and vendors, it is noteworthy for you to be confident in understanding stakeholder needs, building rapport, communicating with conviction, and negotiating effectively.

Having the ability to solve problems efficiently, deep-dive more into the industry, and be more involved in the company’s business are also important as you progress in your role as a Software Engineer.


*Interviews with Asia Select recruitment headhunters, Jason Gumabao, Fab Javier, Zake Literal, and Aaron Ricafrente, were conducted on June 2021
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