UK demand for Filipino nurses on the rise – DOLE

MANILA, Philippines – At least 220 nursing job orders in 3 hospitals in the United Kingdom have been submitted to the Philippine labor attaché in London for January alone, indicating an expected rise in demand for Filipino nurses in the European country.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said a report by Labor Attaché Joan Lavilla showed "an uptick in the demand for Filipino nurses in UK." 

Two UK-based placement agencies have asked the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in London to verify the job orders, which involve nursing work in the fields of cardiology, critical care, cardiac surgery, cardio thoracic, and coronary care, among others.

In her report, Lavilla said "most UK employers prefer to source nurses from the Philippines."

Baldoz described Filipino nurses as "not only professionally qualified" but also "hardworking, courteous to patients, flexible," and are good communicators in English. 

The annual salaries for the nursing jobs are projected to range from £21,478 (P1.45 million) to £27,901 (P1.89 million). 

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."

Local recruitment partners

With labor demand from abroad seen to increase, Baldoz warned against unregistered recruitment agencies and encouraged applicants to go through the legal process.

Local recruitment agencies have existing partnerships with Search Recruitment Limited and Placement Group UK Limited, the two foreign placement agencies that have submitted the nursing job orders to the London POLO in behalf of the UK National Health Service (NHS).

Search Recruitment Limited will deploy 60 nurses to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and another 60 to James Paget University Hospital.

Placement Group UK Limited will deploy 100 nurses to Barts Health.

Greenfields International Manpower Services is the Philippine recruitment partner of Search Recruitment.

Alliance International Recruitment & Placement Services Incorporated is the local partner of Placement Group UK. 

Nurses and midwives seeking registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of UK but are not educated within the European Union and the European Economic Area have to undergo a 6-part application process, said Lavilla.

One has to attain a score of 7 in the International English Language Testing System and pass a two-part competency examination involving a computer-based test and a practical clinical test. – 


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