Google Alert brings some interesting snippets in from time to time. Today there was an advert placed at Craig’s list for a Virtual Assistant (Php9k-Php15k) so I went to investigate.
Have a look at what this American businessman wants – someone who will work his hours, 8-10 hours a day, six days a week. That’s 192-240 hours a month. And for that he claims he will pay “good wages to highly qualified, hard-working individuals, including bonuses on any new business we develop together”. I did the sums. Using the currency conversion site I found that the maximum he lists of 15,000 Pesos equates to 1,400.50USD at today’s rates. That’s only $7.92- $5.83USD an hour. Oh, and there is mention of commission in very small writing at the bottom – since one of the duties mentions assisting identifying new clients I expect that means there’s some kind of sales involved?
So, let me get this straight. He wants a fully qualified VA (read the list of duties and qualifications he has which includes a B.A. or similar, and must be familiar with the US), for 192-240 hours a month, working his hours – so he wants someone virtual (read outside of his country and at cheap labour rates) to provide a service inside his work hours, monitoring his phone, voicemail, email, instant messaging contacts as well as handle his travel arrangements, general PA support and his website. Yeah, right.
For the record, I looked up information on the minimum wages in Mexico (since I believe this virtual assistant role is aimed at this workforce) and what he is offering is less than the minimum wage for a shorthand taker or accountant assistant – the closest roles I could find to match a VA.
Has anyone mentioned to this guy that means this ‘VA’ would actually be his employee? And that he will also then have to pay additional items such as their insurances, taxes, etc?
Addendum: I’ve been informed the Pesos are actually Phillipine and not Mexican in the advert I mentioned above. I’ve done a currency conversion and find that it is now only $344USD per month he’s willing to pay – that’s even worse! And it means that the VA would have to work through the night to fit into his time frame. This by the way is less than the daily wage minimum from what I can work out – but perhaps I’m not reading it right.