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  Issue: September 2006  
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FROM THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATION:
Things you should know about working in the United Kingdom
www.poea.gov.ph

Filipinos in UK work as . . .

  • Health Care Providers (including clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, social workers, nurses, and doctors)
  • IT Specialists
  • Engineers (in railway, structural, bridge; transportation and highway)
  • Actuaries
  • Veterinary surgeons and
  • Teachers

Minimum Wage: Salaries range from BR£3.80 (PHP387.22) to BR£4.50
                      (PHP458.00) per hour

Modes of Recruitment

  • Hiring through Licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies
  • Hiring through Name Hiring (Workers sought employment on his own)
  • Hiring Recruitment through POEA-Government Placement Branch (Nurses only)

Qualifications and Trainings for Nurses (Department of Health-UK)

  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing
  • Holder of current Philippine Nursing License and have obtain board rating of at least 77%
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in acute care hospital nursing and relevant specialist area
  • Employed at the time of application (not private duty nursing or voluntary)
  • Employed in a tertiary hospital of a minimum 100 bed size
  • Proficient in English communication

Documentary Requirements in Applying

  • Resume / Bio-data
  • School Credentials & Transcript of Records (High School and/or College Diploma authenticated by DepED or CHED)
  • PRC License (for Nurses)
  • Employment Certificate/s
  • Birth Certificate (authenticated by the National Statistics Office)
  • Passport
  • NBI Clearance
  • 2 passport size pictures

PROCEDURE FOR AGENCY HIRES

  1. Verify with POEA the license and job order of the agency
    (Hotline: 722-1144/55)
  2. Apply with the agency (if selected)
  3. Undergo Interview & Medical Examination at a DOH accredited clinic   (3days)(while waiting for visa)
  4. Attend PDOS with an accredited PDOS Provider  (1 day)
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

PROCEDURE FOR GPB SPECIAL HIRING

  1. Application ON-LINE via INTERNET: www.nursinguk.nhs.uk
  2. Interview by employer via Video Conference or Personal Interview
  3. Undergo medical examination at a DOH accredited clinic (3 days) (If selected)
  4. Attend PDOS at POEA (1 day) (While waiting for visa and processing of POEA documents)
  5. Pay the necessary fees at POEA/OWWA cashier
  6. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

PROCEDURE FOR NAME-HIRE

  1. Apply for visa
  2. Submit documents to the Name-Hire Processing Center for Evaluation
         Requirements
         - Verified Employment Contract
         - Resident Visa stamped on the passport
         - Passport
         - 2 Passport Size Pictures
         - Payment for Fees
  3. Take Medical Examination with a DOH accredited clinic (3 days)
  4. Attend PDOS at POEA (1 day)
  5. Pay necessary fees at POEA/OWWA Cashier
  6. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • Position of adaptation nurse during the adaptation period (3 – 6 months)
  • Position of registered nurse upon UKCC registration
  • Not required more than 6 months supervised practice in acute hospital setting - before the UKCC will consider for UKCC nurse registration
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  •  It is illegal for employer to keep the workers' passport and money.
  • Have your original copy of your marriage contract and birth certificate of children for tax exemption 
  • Worker cannot change employer or job without finishing the contract
  • Respect British tradition, customs, practices and strictly observe all their laws and regulations
  • Prior to leaving, open a savings account in the Philippines for remittance purposes.

COUNTRY PROFILE 

Geographic Profile

LOCATION:

Europe
The Philippines is ahead by 8 hours.

UK can be reached from Manila in approximately 18 hours via Southeast or East Asian cities.  There is no direct flight.
TOTAL LAND AREA:  
CAPITAL: London
CLIMATE: 4 Seasons (winter, spring, summer & fall)
The Europeans
Population 61 Million (2003 estimate)
Language English. Welsh is also spoken
Religion Predominantly Protestants
The Government

Constitutional monarchy
Parliamentary form of government
It comprises the House of Commons, the House of the Lords
and the Queen, in her constitutional role.
Chief of State:  Queen Elizabeth
Head of Government:  Prime Minister Anthony Blair

The Economy

Capitalistic
Agriculture is intensive
Unit of Currency: British Sterling Pound (GBP £)
1USD = 0.55GBP
1GBP = 101.90PHP (as of 15 March 2004)

Transportation and Communication System

Mass transportation are widely accessible
Light rail, tram, metro suburban rail, funicular
Postal Offices are accessible to handle the collection and
delivery of mail, parcel delivery 
All kinds of telecommunication system are widely available 

SOURCE: www.poea.gov.ph