Last March 19, 2013, the POEA and German Federal Employment Agency finalized the the signing of the “Agreement Concerning the Placement of Filipino Health Care Professionals in Employment Positions in the Federal Republic of Germany”. This bilateral labor agreement paves the opening for Filipino registered nurses and other healthcare professionals to be hired in Germany.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions and useful information that you’ll need to know if you are interested in applying in Germany.
What is the coverage of the bilateral labor agreement?
- (a) regulation on the deployment of Filipino health care professionals;
- (b) preservation, promotion, and development of Filipino workers’ welfare;
- (c) exchange of ideas and information with the aim of improving and simplifying job placement procedures; and
- (d) other relevant technical and HRD cooperation and continuing studies in labor and employment.
Why is this happening and why only now did Germany opened its doors?
This bilateral labor agreement provides a government-to-government placement system of Filipino health workers for temporary employment in Germany. This agreement also opened the German health sector to Filipino medical professionals who has been barred from employment in accordance to German laws.
This is expected to address the acute shortage of health care workers in Germany.
Why are they hiring 500 health care professionals only? Will they hire more?
It depends. For the first year (2013), Germany will only hire 500 nurses and other medical workers, then the program will be reassessed. After the reassessment, lets expect that the German government will hire more.
Who will administer the hiring?
Only the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the German Federal Employment Agency, through its International Placement Services, will administer the hiring.
How much will be the salary?
Successful applicants will receive about 1,900 euros or about 100,000 pesos monthly salary and will also enjoy conditions and benefits similar to those accorded to their German counterparts.
What are the other benefits?
Beside the monthly compensation of 1,900 euros, they will also enjoy the following:
- compulsory insurance in the German social security system
- health and long-term care insurance, pension, accident and unemployment insurance
- it is also required by the German employer to provide them with adequate accommodation
What are the requirements?
- Language training. Prior to hiring, applicants will have to undergo six-month language training in the Philippines. Else, if the health care worker already possess language skills suitable for working, there is no need to complete the six-month training.
- Experience. As of the moment, the years of experience needed to qualify is not yet posted.
- Most of the requirements will be posted soon, once the POEA released their official guidelines.
When will be the deployment?
The German government wants them to be deployed at the soonest possible time.
Do you have to take the German board examination for nurses?
As of the moment, this is still under negotiation. But the German government expressed their willingness to negotiate a mutual recognition agreement that would enable Filipino nurses to work without taking the German licensure examination.
How to apply?
As of the moment, the exact application details and requirements are not yet finalized by the POEA. We will be posting the application details and updates at this post.
What field of nursing do they need? Age limit for aspirants?
No details posted yet about this matter.
Until when will they hire nurses?
If the pioneer batch received a good feedback, it is expected that Germany will hire more nurses next year.
Is there any online training for their language?
No details about this also.
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