How to Compute Overtime Pay in the Philippines

How to compute overtime pay in the Philippines? Justice and equality must be served in the workplace. That is why our Labor Code has fixed the maximum hours and days of work, which is equivalent to a maximum of eight (8) hours a day (Article 83, Labor Code of the Philippines) for six consecutive work days (Article 91, LCP). Furthermore, the Labor Code also requires employers to pay certain employees an additional compensation equivalent to their regular wage plus at least twenty-five (25%) of their works beyond eight hours. That rate is increased to thirty percent (30%) if the worker renders overtime on a holiday or rest day. (Article 87, LCP). This additional compensation for work performed beyond eight hours a day is what we called Overtime Pay. The following are the applicable laws and guidelines on the computation of Overtime Pay in the Philippines.

Who are covered by the OT pay?

All employees in all establishments and undertakings whether for profit or not are entitled to overtime pay for work rendered beyond eight (8) hours. But this does not apply to managerial employees, field personnel, members of the family of the employer who are dependent on him for support, domestic helpers, persons in the personal service of another, and workers who are paid by results. Employees in the government are also entitled to overtime pay but they are governed by Civil Service laws and rules. Only employees in the private sector are covered by the Labor Code.

Special rules for health personnel

For health personnel in (1)cities and municipalities with a population of at least one million (1,000,000) or in (2)hospitals and clinics with a bed capacity of at least one hundred (100), their normal hours of work are eight (8) hours a day, for five (5) days a week, exclusive of time for meals. (Article 83, LCP)

Health personnel includes resident physicians, nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, laboratory technicians, paramedical technicians, psychologists, midwives, attendants and all other hospital or clinic personnel.

Overtime work by health personnel included in the two abovementioned instances is, as a rule, not allowed since it involves strenuous physical work considering the number of patients or clients they must attend to.  However, they may be compelled to work beyond such hours where the exigencies of the service require that they work for six (6) days or forty-eight (48) hours. But the employer is required to pay an additional compensation of at least thirty percent (30%) of their regular wage for work on the sixth day.

Can an employee be compelled to render overtime?

Generally, employers cannot compel the employee to render overtime, except in certain instances (Sec 10, Rule I, Bk. III, IRR) to wit:

1) When the country is at war or when any other national or local emergency has been declared by the National Assembly or the Chief Executive;
2) When overtime work is necessary to prevent loss of life or property, or in case of imminent danger to public safety due to actual or impending emergency in the locality caused by serious accident, fire, floods, typhoons, earthquake, epidemic or other disaster or calamities;
3) When there is urgent work to be performed on machineries, installations, or equipment, in order to avoid serious loss or damage to the employer or some other causes of similar nature;
4) When the work is necessary to prevent loss or damage to perishable goods;
5) When the completion or continuation of work started before the 8th hour is necessary to prevent serious obstruction or prejudice to the business or operations of the employer;
6) When overtime work is necessary to avail of favorable weather or environmental conditions where performance or quality of work is dependent thereon.

Can an employee insist to work overtime?

The employee cannot compel his employer to allow him to work overtime when the circumstances does not require him to do so as when there is actually no work to be performed.

Under time cannot be offset by overtime

Under time work on any particular day shall not be offset by overtime work on any other day (Article 88, LCP). The reason behind this is fairness. If the employee works for less than eight hours, he will be paid only for the corresponding number of hours he had actually worked. If on another day he works beyond the maximum hours, he should be given additional compensation.

Non-payment of overtime pay is not only illegal but also contrary to public policy. The employer cannot use the overtime to offset the under time because payment of overtime pay is mandatory. However, he may either deduct the under time from the wage of the employee, or through other approaches. Although these methods are not provided by law, these may be found in company policies or established by company practices.

Computation of wages

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has set out the following rules in computing overtime pay, pay for work done on holidays, premium on nightshift and 13th month pay:

Computing Overtime:

On Ordinary Days
Plus 25% of the hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours.

On a rest day, special day or regular holiday
Plus 30% of the hourly rate on said days multiplied by the number of hours.

Computing pay for work done on:

A special day (130% x basic pay)
A special day, which is also a scheduled rest day (150% x basic pay)
A regular holiday (200% x basic pay)
A regular holiday, which is also a scheduled rest day (260% x basic pay)

Computing Night Shift Premium Where Night Shift is a Regular Work:

On Ordinary day (110% x basic hourly rate)

On a rest day, special day, regular holiday (110% of regular hourly rate for a rest day, special day, regular holiday)

Computing Overtime on Night Shift:

On ordinary day (110%  x overtime hourly rate)

On rest day, special day or regular holiday (110% x overtime hourly rate for rest days, special days, regular holidays)

Computing 13th Month Pay:
Total basic salary earned for the year exclusive of allowances, overtime, holiday, and night shift differential pay divided by 12 months = 13th month pay.

Sample computation of Overtime Pay per Hour

Let us assume a regular daily wage rate of Php 404.00, what is the overtime rate per hour?

On Ordinary days:

First, let’s compute for the hourly wage rate as follows:
Regular hourly rate = Daily wage rate / 8 hours
= P404/8
= P50.5 per hour

Then, let’s compute for the overtime rate per hour as follows:

Overtime rate = hourly rate + 25% of hourly rate
= P50.5 + (.25 x 50.5)
=P50.5 + 12.65
=P63.125 per hour

On a rest day and special day

Computation of hourly wage rate:
Hourly rate = 130% of Regular Hourly Rate
= P50.5 x 1.3
= P65.65 per hour

Computation of overtime rate:

Overtime rate = Hourly rate + 30% of Hourly rate
= P65.65 + (30% of P65.65)
= P65.65 + P19.695
= P85.345 per hour

On a rest day which falls on a special day

Computation of hourly wage rate:
Hourly rate = 150% of Regular hourly rate
=P50.5 x 1.5
=P75.75 per hour

Computation of overtime rate:

Overtime rate = Hourly rate + 30% of Hourly rate
= P75.75 + (30% of P75.75)
= P75.75 + 22.725
= P98.475

On a regular holiday

Computation of hourly wage rate:
Hourly rate = 200% of Regular hourly rate
=P50.5 x 2
=P101 per hour

Computation of overtime rate:

Overtime rate = Hourly rate + 30% of Hourly rate
=P 101 + (30% of P101)
=P101 + 30.3
=P131.3 per hour

On a rest day which falls on regular holiday

Computation of hourly wage rate:
Hourly rate = 260% of Regular hourly rate
=P50.5 x 2.6
=P131.3 per hour

Computation of overtime rate:
Overtime rate = Hourly rate + 30% of Hourly rate
=P 131.3 + (30% of P131.3)
=P131.3 + 39.39
=P170.69 per hour

Source: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Philippines

Disclaimer: New and subsequent issuances, rulings, or laws may cause the whole or part of the article inaccurate or obsolete. It is advised to make inquiries with the Department of Labor and Employment for more information.

Victorino Abrugar is a retired CPA practitioner, a blogger, speaker, and an entrepreneur. He's the CEO of Optixor, Inc., a digital marketing company based in the Philippines. Follow him on Twitter at @viclogic.


  1. eldritch says

    Overtime rate = hourly rate + 25% of hourly rate
    = P50.5 + (.25 x 50.5)
    =P50.5 + 12.65
    =P63.125 per hour

    .25×50.5 = 12.63 not 12.65

    anyway the amount was not changed if you round off 63.125 (63.13). The result is just the same. however still need to alter the amount to avoid confusion to readers. nice page anyway :)


    hi, i find your site very useful. anyways, i want to know about night differential thought it’s been discussed above, how much do we pay if the security guards, employed in our condominium, earn Php 350.00 per day/per security guard for 8 hours shift from 11:00pm to 7am the next day? and how much is the pay if that night shift is considered as overtime? We’ll appreciate your help. please show example.thank you very much.

  3. Lyne says

    Sir, I just have a question about the Night Diff computation. Your article says:

    “Computing Night Shift Premium Where Night Shift is a Regular Work:
    On Ordinary day (110% x basic hourly rate)
    On a rest day, special day, regular holiday (110% of regular hourly rate for a rest day, special day, regular holiday)”

    Isn’t the rate only 10%? Because if ND rate is 110% of the hourly rate, then it’s bigger than the actual hourly rate itself. I’m filing for salary disputes now and I find your tips really helpful. I’m just confused about the Night Diff. Thank you.

  4. mai lelis says

    hi sir,

    pls help me compute overtime pay & night differential if he earn 70 hours for 15 days.
    schedule of work is from 8-12 1-5pm. daily rate is 482 + 26.51 ecola.

  5. marivy says

    Hi Sir,

    I’m currently working on the overtime budget of our company. Please help me to compute the overtime budget per employee. Is there a percentage application?

    Thank you and looking forward for your immediate response.

  6. Cathy Orantes says

    Hi Sir,

    Im currently working as Part time employee, meaning im only rendering 4hrs per day on a BPO company, is there any law on overtime pay for a partime? is overtime still applicable to partime if i render more than 4hrs?


  7. marie pelaez says


    would like to seek advise for this situation:

    employee comes in at 08:18 and regular working day ends at 17:00 but is claiming overtime for 17:00 to 20:00? what time should the employee start his overtime? is there a fixed guideline regarding these?

  8. Jeslyn says

    Monthly Salary : P17,000
    Daily Rate : 17,000 x 12/365 = 558.90
    Hourly Rate : 558.90/8 = 69.86
    Working Hour : 9am – 5pm (Mon-Sat)

    Let’s say there’s ONE day of the month where the staff working hour changed to 4pm-12am instead of the regular 9am-5pm.
    In that case, we need to pay him a night differential from 10pm-12am.
    Assuming there is holiday pay, no other deduction (statutory deduction, tax, unpaid leave, etc).
    How much salary should I pay to the staff at the end of the month?

    Night differential : Daily rate x Additional 10% for the night differential x number of hours
    : 69.86 x 0.1 x 2
    : 13.97

    Since there is no other deduction, the final pay to the staff should be
    17000 (basic) + 13.97 (2hrs night differential)
    = P17,013.97

    Correct me if I am wrong.

  9. Richelle Ann Alejandro says

    Good day Sir!
    Sa nature ng business ng company na pinapasukan ko, may mga nagna-night shift.
    if in case Saturday is a regular day, and Sunday is their Restday.
    Nag-work from 6pm to 6am ng Saturday, may 3 hours siyang overtime.
    What will be the overtime rate to use: 137.5% or 143%?

  10. ERIKA FABIAN says

    Naguguluhan po kc ako sa computation ng overtime. Ex po. Regular employee naman ako na kahit na holiday e may bayad. Paano po ba talaga cocomputin ang overtime halimbawa po ng Chinese New Year. Yung 100% ko po ba na na kasama na dun sa monthly ko e 30% lang ang idadagdag as OT pay ko or +130% po? Kc po kung 30% lang, e di wag na lang po sanang pumasok dahil kulang pa sa pamasahe ko. So mag stay na lang ako sa bahay para makagawa na lang ako ng trabahong bahay. Maraming salamat po.

    • Zem Maze dela Cruz says

      if it is announced or declared as Regular Holiday at pumasok ka dapat bayad ka ng double,
      holiday with work should pay as double and if you render overtime your wages would add 30%

      see this example.
      400 basic pay
      50 pesos/ hour
      50×260% or 50×2.6=130 per hour

      ex. you render 3 hours O.T
      130+39=169x3hours = 507

      then your 1040+OT 507=
      total 1547 over all pay

  11. Eya Drew Salas says

    there’s some correction from your computation
    basic pay 400
    per hour basis 50
    if holiday 200%
    260% if there is Overtime

    comp. over time
    50×30%or 50x.30=15
    Ex.OT 3hours

    in simple way
    B.P.=400+195, OT
    595 then double it

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