DOLE: High demand for Filipino nurses in UK

There is an increase in demand for Filipino nurses in United Kingdom, as most employer prefer to source nurses from the Philippines.

This was the report of of Labor Attache Joan Lavilla from London to the Department of Labor and Employment.

“This after two UK-based foreign placement agencies acting on behalf of three National Health Service (NHS) Trusts submitted for verification of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) job orders for a total of 220 nurses this January 2015,” said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, quoting the report of Labor Attache Joan Lavilla.

In her report, Lavilla said the nurses will be needed in the field of cardiology, critical care, cardiac surgery, cardio thoracic, coronary care and catheter lab, and theater practitioners, with annual salaries ranging from £21,478 to £27,901.

The UK-based foreign placement agencies, according to Labor Attaché Joan Lourdes Lavilla, are Search Recruitment Limited and Placement Group UK Limited. She said Search Recruitment Ltd. plans to deploy 60 nurses to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS and another 60 nurses to James Paget University Hospital NHS.

The manpower requirements of these two hospitals are served by its partner in the Philippines, Greenfields International Manpower Services.

Placement Group UK Limited, on the other hand, will deploy 100 nurses to Barts Health NHS, whose Philippine recruitment agency partner is Alliance International Recruitment & Placement Services, Inc.

Related: Alliance International hiring for Barts Heart Center.

“The demand for Filipino nurses is expected to continue in the following months, given that most UK employers prefer to source nurses from the Philippines,” Lavilla reported.

Baldoz, noting Lavilla’s report, expressed confidence that Filipino nurses will be able to satisfy the requirements of UK employers because Filipino workers in general are not only professionally qualified, but are also hardworking, courteous to patients, flexible, and are able to communicate well in the English language.

In October 2014, Labor Attaché Lavilla advised applicants to be conscious about the new application process on the registration of nurses and midwives who were educated outside of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

She said they need to obtain successful registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of UK, which includes, among others, attaining an IELTS score of 7.0 and passing the two-part competency examination composed of computer-based multiple choice examinations and the practical objective structured clinical examination.

Secretary Baldoz also warned applicants for nursing jobs in the UK to only deal with legitimate and licensed recruitment agencies to avoid being victimized by fake and illegal recruiters. [via Source]

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