Do Freelancers Get 13th-Month Pay in the Philippines?

No. If you are hired as a freelancer or independent contractor, there is no obligation under the law for the hiring party to give you a 13th-month pay.

Freelancer1 is defined as “any natural or entity composed of no more than one natural person, whether incorporated under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), registered as a sole proprietorship under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), or registered as self-employed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), that is hired or retained as an independent contractor by a hiring party to provide services in exchange for compensation”.

A freelancer or independent contractor is hired to do a specific task for a fixed amount. Under 2 (d) of the Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of the 13th-Month Pay Law2, an employer is not required to pay such a type of worker a 13th-month pay.

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  1. Senate Bill No. 351 or an Act Providing Protection and Incentives for Freelancers (2016)
  2. Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of the 13th Month Pay Law (1986).