On February 4, 2016, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an agency of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which regulates activities related to Filipino migrant workers, passed Governing Board Resolution No. 4, series of 2016, which allows private recruitment agencies in the Philippines to participate in the recruitment, deployment and employment of Filipino nurses for Germany.
In the past, the recruitment and hiring of Filipino nurses for Germany was limited to a government-to-government arrangement under the Triple Win Project (TWP). This channel was implemented by the German Federal Employment Agency’s (BA) International Placement Services (ZAV) and POEA. However, in July 2013, the German government opened their job market for certain shortage occupations, including nurses, through the issuance of a “Positive Liste” (also known as the White List). This laid the basis and paved the way for private sector recruitment of nurses from the Philippines.
Under the new POEA guidelines, duly licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) can now partner with German employers or recruitment agencies to recruit nurses for Germany provided the German employers or recruitment agencies are initially accredited and registered with POEA. This process includes a preliminary authentication process by the Philippine Embassy in Germany.
PRAs are not allowed to charge placement fees from nurse applicants, however, the nurses would need to shoulder costs related to obtaining a valid passport, medical tests, government clearances and fees for Philhealth and Pag-IBIG. On the other hand, employers would assume costs for the Preparatory German Language Training (PGLT), the visa application fee, POEA processing fee, the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) contribution, and airfare. PRAs would be responsible for obtaining compulsory insurance coverage for the nurse.
The guidelines also provide that candidates would already need to file to get their qualifications recognized while they are still in the Philippines and before they come to Germany. In any case, if a nurse does not receive full recognition in Germany, they may be required to undertake adaptation measures in Germany before they can work as a nurse.
We are excited that the recruitment of Filipino nurses for Germany has now opened up to private recruitment agencies. Care.com Europe GmbH, through the Care With Care service, only works with licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines and is experienced in placing foreign healthcare workers with German employers. In collaboration with our partners, our service includes end-to-end exceptional support from recruitment to deployment and beyond. We are experts in the qualification recognition process and provide an integration training to help nurses successfully make it in Germany.
Laura Esnaola has been with Care With Care from the very beginning. The international programme for recruiting foreign care specialists offers employers in the healthcare sector global personnel solutions, while accommodating medical nursing staff from abroad who are looking to start a career in Europe. Through Care With Care, Laura Esnaola places nursing staff, primarily from the Philippines, while advising personnel decision-makers from clinics, senior care and rehabilitation facilities on the successful integration of employees in order to strengthen intercultural understanding and communication. This ensures that employees remain with the companies long-term. In addition to her activities as Managing Director of Care.com Europe GmbH and Head of Care With Care, Laura Esnaola is involved in charitable projects worldwide and makes the occasional appearance as a violinist.