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The Future is Bright: Business Outsourcing in the Philippines

Aira Pineda - - AWC 2023


The Future is Bright: Business Outsourcing in the Philippines

Aira Pineda - - AWC 2023

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In recent years, the global business process outsourcing (BPO) market has witnessed significant growth, adding millions of jobs and providing numerous benefits to businesses. The Philippines, in particular, has emerged as a key player in this industry, paving the way for a promising future.

Benefits of Outsourcing

Outsourcing offers several advantages to businesses, making it an attractive option in today’s dynamic market. Some of these benefits include cost-effectiveness, better focus on core competencies, access to specialized skills or resources, standardization, and improved process efficiency. Businesses also gain access to innovation, intellectual property, and thought leadership through outsourcing partnerships.

Current State of the Outsourcing Market

The global BPO market has been growing at a remarkable 7.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2016, creating over three million jobs. Service providers predominantly cater to the global demand for outsourcing services, with Western regions being significant drivers of market demand. In 2022, large economies in the West accounted for 76% of the global outsourcing needs. (Source: IBPAP, The Philippine IT-BPM Industry Roadmap 2028)

The Philippines has been experiencing steady growth in the BPO market, boasting a 5.8% CAGR since 2016, and adding around 450,000 jobs. North America remains the primary customer for Philippine BPO services, driven by factors such as a large pool of English-speaking talent with a neutral accent, lower delivery costs, cultural affinity with the U.S., and support for U.S. time zones. (Source: IBPAP, The Philippine IT-BPM Industry Roadmap 2028)

Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Outsourcing Industry

Several macro trends are expected to fuel job creation in the outsourcing industry. The focus on reskilling and upskilling will empower the workforce to address complex problem-solving challenges effectively. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to be a top investment priority, with AI chatbots becoming prevalent for real-time customer support. As technology evolves, the demand for technology experts will surge, fostering opportunities for skilled professionals.

BPO locations are emerging in smaller, talent-rich cities to alleviate congestion in major cities. Talent availability, infrastructure, cost, and business environment are key considerations in the selection of these locations.

Key Challenges in Outsourcing

While the outsourcing industry presents immense opportunities, it has its challenges. Attrition rates continue to be a pain point, and finding and hiring the right talent remains a significant concern in 2023. Adapting to a hybrid work environment and staying current with rapidly transforming work technology are also challenges that businesses must navigate.

Talent Availability and Skills Gap

The availability of skilled talent is becoming a concern, as 80% of Philippine companies expect that the skills gap will limit workforce growth by 2027. There has been a decline in onshore CPA candidates in the U.S., leading to a corresponding decrease in onshore CPA hires. Similarly, the number of PH CPA passers is trending downwards, indicating the need for strategic talent management practices. (Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs)

To overcome the talent shortage, businesses should adopt key practices such as enhancing talent progression and promotion processes, offering effective reskilling and upskilling programs, articulating a clear business purpose and impact, providing competitive wages, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.

Future Outlook & Key Takeaways

Despite the challenges, the future outlook for the Philippine BPO market remains positive. Its capacity for innovation and adoption of data-driven solutions will fuel the growth of Business Process Management. The outsourcing industry will continue to be a driving force in the Philippine economy, opening doors to global market opportunities despite increasing competition.

To meet the demands of future technology trends, continuous reskilling and upskilling of Filipino talent will be essential. As the industry adapts and evolves, businesses in the Philippines can look forward to a bright future in the world of business outsourcing.

The Philippine outsourcing landscape offers tremendous potential for businesses worldwide. With its highly skilled workforce, cost-effective solutions, and commitment to innovation, the future is indeed bright in Philippine business outsourcing. With the ever-growing global demand, the Philippines stands firm as a dominant player in the outsourcing market, driving economic growth and prosperity for years to come.

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