Ireland is in need of qualified nurses to fill up vacant positions in Health Service Executive and home care based on the report of the Philippines Overseas Labor Office in London.
According to the Philippine Labor department, about 50 job opportunities are open to Filipino nurses. In addition, two (2) Ireland recruitment agencies, currently hiring nurses for the Health Service Executive (HSE) are looking for partners in the Philippines.
Furthermore, based on the statement of Rosalinda Baldoz, the Labor Secretary, on the 23rd of March, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) based on London received confirmation from a foreign placement agency that they will be hiring 50 Filipino nurses for one of its client – the Ardmore Care Home Group Limited.
POLO in London also verified the release of 50 job orders from Triopharm Ltd for nursing positions. The said establishment tied up with a licensed recruitment agency in the Philippines, the Serviecon International Corporation which is currently sourcing and selecting qualified applicants still according to Baldoz.
Candidates for Ardmore Care Home Group Limited are required to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with at least 6.5 overall score. In addition, they must be a registered nurse in the Philippines and have at least two years of relevant work experience.
Salary for hired candidates of Ardmore is €35,000 annually – that is around ₱1.70 million yearly and about ₱141,667.00 monthly. Hired applicants will sign a two-year contract for the said company.
Another Ireland-based recruitment agencies namely Kate Cowhig and TTM Healthcare are currently looking for Philippine recruitment agencies to be their partners according to POLO. Kate Cowhig deploys critical care nurses and operating room trained specialty nurses to Health Service Executive and 6 Dublin University hospitals. Health Service Executive or HSE is a healthcare system in Ireland which is publicly funded. It is much alike the National Health Service of United Kingdom.
According to Baldoz, Filipino nurses are not only qualified professionally but are also hardworking, flexible and courteous. Filipino nurses, still according to Baldoz, have good English communication skills.
Applicants are encouraged to undergo legal process in applying for overseas work. The labor chief also warned candidates not to apply through unregistered recruitment agencies.
Nurses in Ireland
POLO reported Ireland’s need of professionally qualified nurses for Health Service Executives and homes.
Nurses trained outside the European Union or the European Economic Area are required to undergo nursing adaptation or supervised nursing practice program to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Ireland (NMBI) per Baldoz’s statement.
In cases where the nurse is trained in another EU state he or she must contact the regulatory body of the registered area.
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with complete travel and working documents are the ones only entitled to enjoy some government benefits such as the ₱10,000.00 reintegration package in cases they decide to go back to Philippines permanently.
About 10 million Filipinos are deployed overseas working as either permanent migrants or as temporary workers, making Philippines a labor-sending country.
However, it is President Aquino III’s dream to create more job opportunities here so Filipinos will work abroad not because it’s a ‘necessity’ to go there but it’s their choice to do so.