50 nursing jobs in Ireland available to Filipinos
MANILA, Philippines – Fifty jobs in an Ireland nursing home are available to Filipino nurses, the Philippine labor department said.
Two Ireland-based recruitment agencies hiring nurses for the European country's Health Service Executive (HSE) are also looking for local partners.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday, March 23, said a foreign placement agency in Ireland confirmed to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in London it will hire 50 Filipino nurses for its client Ardmore Care Home Group Limited.
"Our POLO in London has verified the 50 job orders of Triopharm Ltd for nursing positions. It has tied up with Serviecon International Corporation, a licensed Philippine recruitment agency, which is conducting sourcing and selection of qualified candidates," said Baldoz.
Applicants for the jobs in Ardmore must be licensed or registered nurses in the Philippines with minimum two years relevant working experience and must have an overall score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System.
Hired applicants will be deployed to Ardmore under a two-year contract with an annual salary of €35,000 (P1.70 million).
The POLO also reported that Kate Cowhig and TTM Healthcare, two recruitment agencies in Ireland, are looking for Philippine recruitment agency partners.
Kate Cowhig supplies nurses in the critical care and operating room specialty areas to the HSE and 6 Dublin University hospitals.
The HSE is the publicly-funded healthcare system in Ireland, much like the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. (READ: UK demand for Filipino nurses on the rise – DOLE)
Baldoz had described Filipino nurses as "not only professionally qualified" but also "hardworking, courteous to patients, flexible," and are good communicators in English.
The labor chief warned anew against unregistered recruitment agencies, and encouraged applicants to go through the legal process of applying for jobs abroad.
The POLO in London reported a "need in Ireland for suitably qualified nurses to fill up vacancies in Health Service Executive (HSE) and care homes."
To register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Ireland (NMBI), internationally recruited nurses trained outside the European Union or the European Economic Area need to go through a nursing adaptation or supervised nursing practiced program, Baldoz explained.
If the nurse is trained in another EU state, she must contact the regulatory body in the EU country where she is registered.
Under the European Directive 2005/36/EC, nurses in some EU countries are entitled for NMBI registration given their prior training.
A request for Certificate of Current Professional Status can be sent directly to the NMBI in this case.
Only overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with the proper travel and working documents are entitled to some government benefits, including a P10,000 reintegration package if they ever choose to go back home permanently.
The Philippines is a known labor-sending country, with 10 million Filipinos overseas either as permanent migrants or as temporary workers.
Still, President Benigno Aquino III envisions "a government that creates jobs at home so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity." – Rappler.com
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