POEA: No job opening for Filipino nurses in UK

By Joel R. San Juan, BusinessMirror

Posted at Sep 14 2012 07:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 14 2012 03:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Bad news for Filipino nurses harboring the hope of landing on a job at the United Kingdom.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced on Thursday that the UK has not opened new job opportunities for nurses.

“Except for a few, old job orders in our accreditation database, the POEA has not received nor approved fresh job orders for nurses from UK employers,” POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) earlier announced that a total of 27,823 nursing graduates passed the June 2012 Nurse Licensure Examination.

A total of 60,895 examinees took the examination nationwide.

Considering that the demand for nurses in the UK has remained stagnant for almost two years now, many Filipino nurses were forced to look for other job opportunities in other countries.

Cacdac said, however, there are a few National Health Services trusts and care homes that were able to hire nurses and senior carers in recent months.

He added that other Filipino nurses can also look for other job vacancies in other host countries like Japan, Saudi Arabia and other European countries.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomed the statement of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) that the Philippines is becoming less dependent on the remittances of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), citing the past few year’s higher gross domestic product growth than the net primary income from abroad.

“The DOLE continually recognizes the significant role of overseas Filipinos in the country’s national development and the value of their contribution, through their foreign exchange remittances, in attaining inclusive growth. We are aware that it is largely due to foreign exchange remittances that the Philippine economy continues to be resilient and less-vulnerable to external shocks,” it said.

The DOLE had set up a P2-billion Reintegration Fund to provide OFWs and their legal dependents a loan facility for enterprise development, in cooperation with the Land Bank of the Philippines, where a member can avail himself of a P300,000 to P2-million business loan.