739 Job Opening for Nurses in UK and Ireland
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz disclosed there are 739 job openings for nurses in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Filipino nurses are invited to apply.
“This is a worthy career opportunity for our Filipino nurses who want to seek overseas employment,” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in a statement Monday.
Officer-in-charge Esperanza Cobarrubias of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said in a report to the Department of Labor and Employment that the job vacancies are covered by 12 job orders.
Baldoz highlighted the advantages of taking jobs in the UK and Ireland as employers provide good remuneration packages, and governments prohibit charging of placement fees to job applicants.
This develop even as Filipino nurse Victorino Chua was convicted in the UK for poisoning his patients, and submitting spurious documents to apply for nurse job in the country.
UK application process
Filipino nurses interested to work in the UK and Ireland are advised to be mindful of the process that they need to undergo to land the job.
Applicants must register with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which includes attaining International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 and passing the two-part competency exam composed of the multiple choice Computer-Based Test (CBT), accessible across multiple countries, and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is held in UK.
Baldoz said only applicants who pass the CBT will qualify for the OSCE. She added qualified applicants will be granted a visit visa for six months, which will allow them to enter the UK not earlier than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the OSCE.
On the other hand, a nurse-applicant who successfully passes the OSCE will automatically be registered as a nurse with the NMC.
However, the applicant has to return to the Philippines and apply for a Tier 2 visa at the UK Embassy as sponsored by the UK employer, and process the exit clearance with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) through the employer’s Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA).
An applicant who fails the OSCE is allowed to retake it twice. Should he or she still fail the exams, the applicant needs to go back to the Philippines before the expiration of the six-month visit visa.
Ireland application process
Hiring of Filipino nurses in Ireland requires an IELTS score of 6.5 and applicants would have to undergo a nursing adaptation procedure upon arrival in the country before they can register with the Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board and later on work as registered nurses.
A registered nurse in the UK is expected to receive an annual salary between £21,478 to £27,901. Nurses in Ireland receive salaries ranging from €29,205 to €35,000 a year.