MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced employment opportunities for Filipino professionals in the United Kingdom.
According to DOLE, the UK is gearing up for recruitment of interested applicants from the financial sector based on a report by London Labor Attaché Amuerfina Reyes.
Reyes said, apart from higher demand in health care services, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) also noted a high demand for specific positions such as accountants, comptrollers, auditors, and also some jobs in the agriculture sector, as seasonal workers.
“Based on the job orders that we have been receiving, there are emerging opportunities for our overseas Filipino workers here in the financial sector. We can see an increase in the demand for accountants and auditors. Another opportunity is up for those seasonal agricultural workers in the potato farms,” Reyes said.
The POLO official added that in light of the urgent need and high-demand for nurses in the UK, the labor office has been getting more job orders and contracts for senior health care workers due to the spread of COVID-19 cases in various European countries.
“Here in the UK, there is a big demand for nurses and healthcare-related jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they saw the need for this, she said.
“They prefer to hire Filipino workers first not only for our good work ethics but because we work passionately from the heart,” she added.
Reyes also said the UK needs about 50,000 nurses until the year 2024.
The official said Filipino workers in the UK are generally in a good working environment.
Upon their arrival in the UK, Pinoy nurses are already being scheduled for vaccination following the end of their quarantine period.
Reyes said nurses in the UK are getting £19,000 to £20,000 per year. If they pass the local exam for nurses, they will receive £23,000 to £24,000 per year.
“They are getting more from overtime pay, on top of their opportunity of becoming permanent residents after 5 years, if their track records are clean,” the POLO official concluded.