Bello: Germany needs up to 2,000 medical workers yearly
MANILA, Philippines — Around 1,000 to 2,000 job vacancies in the medical sector are available in Germany every year, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday.
“They need nurses and medical workers in Germany,” Bello, speaking in Filipino, told reporters after the first half of an event in Manila celebrating Migrant Workers’ Day. “I think they need 1,000 to 2,000 nurses every year.”
At this stage, he said, filling up those vacancies would be a government-to-government arrangement.
But with more vacancies available, he said the Philippine government might find it difficult.
Bello also mentioned that he would fly to Berlin on June 19 to establish the new Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) there.
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), nurses interested in working in Germany only have until Friday, June 7, to apply if they would want to be deployed under the government-to-government Triple Win Project.
A total of 350 slots are currently available for Filipino nurses in Germany.
To qualify, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an active Philippine nursing license, be proficient in German, and have at least two years of experience in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or care institutions.
Successful applicants will have a starting gross monthly salary of 2,000 euros (P116,000), which will be increased to 2,400 euros (P140,000) once recognized as a qualified nurse.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also earlier announced that around 70,000 local and overseas jobs opportunities would be available in the various job fairs on June 12, the 121st celebration of Independence Day.
Bello also mentioned that there were 345,000 jobs available in Japan.
According to him, vacancies there include those for medical workers, caregivers, call centers agents, hotel workers, and farm workers.
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)
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