As pandemic continues, Chinese firm offers online English-teaching jobs to Filipinos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2020 05:11 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2020 05:57 PM

MANILA — A Chinese firm offering online English tutorials is looking to hire tens of thousands of Filipino teachers by the end of the year, a statement released by the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Thursday.

This, as the coronavirus pandemic has affected the livelihood of Filipinos, causing job losses or displacing workers.

Jack Huang, founder and chief executive officer of Beijing-based teaching platform 51Talk, said his company still needs 30,000 teachers by the end of 2020 as there is an explosive demand for English-speaking instructors in China, the statement read.

"The Philippines is one of the best English-speaking countries in Asia. Filipino teachers have standard American pronunciation," said Huang.

Filipinos only need stable internet connection, laptops, webcams, and headsets to teach, he said.

Teachers on 51talk can earn as much as P60,000 per month, "much higher than average wage and salary levels in the Philippines," the embassy said.

Online teaching is one of the least affected jobs during the pandemic as many online teachers in the country worked from home, the statement said.

51Talk currently employs 20,000 teachers in the Philippines.

Some 5 to 10 million workers in the country could lose their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said.

In 2018, the Philippine and Chinese governments signed a memorandum of understanding on the employment of Filipino English-language teachers in China.