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Streamlining Expansion: Why Canadian Companies Choose Gonex for Growth in the Philippines


In the dynamic landscape of Southeast Asia, companies seeking to expand must navigate a variety of complex employment laws and cultural nuances. Canada-based businesses, in particular, face unique challenges when establishing operations or hiring in regions such as the Philippines compared to other Southeast Asian countries. This article delves into the recruitment and employment processes in the Philippines, the conditions for deploying expatriates, the challenges of setting up a local entity, and the strategic advantages of partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) like Gonex.


Recruitment Process and Employment Aftercare in the Philippines

Hiring in the Philippines involves several stages, starting with recruitment and extending into employee management and retention. Post-recruitment, the employment process typically includes contract signing, registration with local labor and tax authorities, and continuous compliance with local employment laws. The Philippines offers a rich talent pool, particularly in sectors such as IT, customer service, and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), where proficiency in English and cultural affinity with Western norms are significant advantages.


Conditions for Dispatching Expatriates to the Philippines

Dispatching expatriates to the Philippines requires compliance with stringent regulations. Companies must adhere to the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) requirements, which are issued by the Department of Labor and Employment. The permit process assesses the necessity for foreign expertise and ensures that no capable local is available for the role. Additionally, companies often face a quota system which limits the number of foreign workers they can employ, pushing firms to justify every expatriate position.


Challenges of Establishing a Local Entity in the Philippines

Setting up a local entity in the Philippines can be daunting due to the bureaucratic hurdles and financial implications involved. The process typically requires significant time investment, dealing with multiple government agencies, and understanding local corporate laws. This route can be particularly cumbersome for SMEs or companies new to the Southeast Asian market, making it less attractive compared to outsourcing employment through an EOR.


Advantages of Using Gonex as an EOR Provider

Using Gonex as an EOR provider offers substantial benefits. Gonex handles all legal and administrative responsibilities related to employment, including compliance with local laws, payroll, and human resources management. This partnership allows companies to focus on their core business activities without the overhead of managing a local entity. Furthermore, Gonex offers flexibility in scaling operations up or down based on business needs, which is particularly beneficial in volatile markets.


High-Quality Service Examples from Gonex

Gonex has demonstrated its capability to deliver high-quality services through various successful deployments. For instance, a Canadian tech company wanted to quickly establish a customer service team in Manila. By partnering with Gonex, they were able to set up the team in just three weeks, compared to the industry average of two to three months. Gonex ensured full compliance with local employment laws, handled all payroll functionalities, and managed employee benefits, which significantly reduced the client’s administrative burden.



The strategic decision to employ an EOR like Gonex when expanding into the Philippines can provide Canadian companies with significant competitive advantages. By alleviating the administrative and regulatory burdens associated with employment and entity setup, companies can more effectively allocate resources towards growth and operational excellence. In the competitive landscape of Southeast Asia, Gonex stands out as a reliable partner, enabling businesses to navigate through complexities with ease and efficiency.


Why Gonex?

Experienced Management Team: each member in the team has 10+ years experiences in Overseas Human Resources Management, composed of seasoned HR professionals.

Powerful connection: Gonex has established over 10 entities worldwide, along with more than 30 stable partners, together offering the most comprehensive overseas human resource services to our clients.

Strict compliance with laws and regulations: At every step in our service process, Gonex strictly adheres to local laws and regulations, ensuring our clients completely avoid any legal disputes.

Competitive price: Gonex’s services are 20% more affordable compared to other companies in the industry, allowing our clients to allocate more resources to their core business.


What Gonex offer?

Employment of Record: This service helps clients legally hire employees in countries or regions where they do not have a legal entity established.

Payroll BPO service: This includes payroll project implementation plan development, project deployment, payroll calculation, payment of funds, administration of statutory and supplementary benefits, customized reporting, and other comprehensive payroll services.

Mobility: Based on the company’s internationalization strategy, the company assigns employees to overseas branches/subsidiaries and handles visa and tax matters in accordance with local policies, while assisting in the compliance management of employees throughout their international assignment life cycle.


GONEX One-Stop Solution: Your strategic partner

In navigating these challenges, GONEX offers comprehensive solutions tailored to the needs of American companies expanding into South Korea:

Compliance and Legal Adherence: GONEX’s Employer of Record (EOR) service ensures legal compliance in employing local staff.

Cross-Border Payroll and Tax Management: Streamlined payroll services simplify cross-border management.

Flexible Employment Solutions: Adaptable employment services cater to changing business needs.

International Talent Dispatch: Support services facilitate the dispatch of key talent to Japan.

Digital HR Management Platform: Technology-driven solutions enhance management efficiency and cultural integration.


Who do we serve?

Gonex served 70+ clients to expand overseas. The incomes of our clients like Mengniu, Kuaishou and CHINT are up to 192.4 billion.


Let Gonex assist you and your company with handling such complex overseas hiring processes! To access more information on corporate international expansion cases, global employment guidelines, worldwide compensation management, regulations for various regional countries, and factory establishment manuals in different nations, you are welcome to visit the GONEX official website at www.letsgonex.com to download these resources or view our company’s business introduction in PDF format (https://letsgonex.com/in.pdf).

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