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Gute Nachrichten to our Filipino nurses, Germany is urgently in need of 500 Filipino nurses this 2013.

Philippine Ambassador to Germany Ma. Cleofe Natividad yesterday witnessed the signing of the “Agreement Concerning the Placement of Filipino Health Care Professionals in Employment Positions in the Federal Republic of Germany” between the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) headed by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and the German Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur fur Arbeit, or BA) headed by Director Monika Varnhagen in a simple ceremony at the DOLE in Intramuros, Manila.

This agreement paves the way for the opening of the German health care sector for Filipino healthcare professionals, including nurses.

The bilateral labor agreement covers the following areas of cooperation between the two countries:

  • (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.

Under the agreement, each party undertakes to ensure that the recruitment and deployment of Filipino health care professionals are in accordance with existing laws of each country; that Filipino health care professionals to be deployed have appropriate employment contracts; and that they are provided with proper briefing or orientation before departure.

The agreement provides that Filipino health care professionals may not be employed in Germany under working conditions less favorable than those for comparable German workers. They will also have compulsory insurance in the German social security system, such as health and long-term care insurance, pension, accident, and unemployment insurance. German employers must also provide them adequate accommodation.

As for the salary, it is approximated at 1,900 euros or around 100,000 pesos per month.

Necessary orientations and language training for applicants will be funded and made available by a German institute in Manila.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying and working as a registered nurse in Germany this 2013, the exact application details for the hiring are now posted:

Details

Employment location: Federal Republic of Germany

Employment designation: Nursing staff (Female/Male)

Job description: Work at hospitals. Initially as assistant nurse; after recognition of the foreign qualification work as a qualified nurse.

Total number of nursing staff to be recruited until the end of 2014: 500

Requirements

Filipino citizen and permanent resident of the Philippines with:

    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (four years professional education; (B.S.N.)
    • Active Philippine Nursing License
    • At least two years of professional experience as nurse in hospitals, Rehabilitation centers and care institutions

Knowledge of German language

  • minimum Level B1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or
  • willing to undergo German language training in the Philippines for up to six (6) months (to be paid by the employer)

Employment and residence conditions

Nature of employment relationship

The employment contract initially is limited to one year working mainly in the job profile of nursing assistance until the recognition of the foreign qualification.

Based on the recognition of the foreign qualification, the employment contract can be extended after twelve months.

Also, it is possible to apply for a permanent residence permit in Germany after five years.

Recognition of certification

In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany, the recognition of the foreign qualification is mandatory. It has to be approved within the first year of employment by the relevant German authorities.

Remuneration

The starting salary amounts to €1,900 (gross), until recognition as a qualified nurse.

Board and Lodging

The employer will assist the employee find a suitable accommodation and the expenses in full or in part will be borne by the employee.

Travel expenses

The employer will pay the travel expenses from the Philippines to Germany.

Required application documents

  1. Cover letter and curriculum vitae with colored passport size picture (in English and in German, if possible)
  2. High School Diploma (notarized copy)
  3. Diploma of nursing (notarized copy)
  4. Board Certificate from the Professional Regulation Commission
  5. Certificate/s of employment from former employers (notarized copy)
  6. Certificate of German language skills, if available
  7. Copy of valid NBI clearance
  8. Copy of valid passport

Application and selection process

Submit the documents listed above to POEA under the following subject/heading: “Triple Win”

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates who are shortlisted will be informed about the location and time of their interview with representatives of the Federal Employment Agency (BA/ZAV). Preferably, the interview will be in German language.

In the framework of the cooperation of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA/ZAV) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on the recruitment of nurses, GIZ will support local partners as well as provide language, professional and orientation training in the Philippines.

Furthermore, it will support the visa procedure and serve as focal point during the first integration phase in Germany. BA/ZAV, in cooperation with POEA, is responsible for the selection process of nurses as well as for the placement of nurses to German employers and the approval of working conditions.

For further information candidates can contact [email protected]. Please submit applications at Counter Triple Win, Employment Branch, Manpower Registry Division, Ground Floor, POEA, Blas F. Ople Building, Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

Deadline for submission of applications: 30 June 2013

For questions, please direct them to the comments section below.

Official Memo from POEA

Frequently Asked Questions


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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