In Kuwait, POLO sees demands for nurses and allied medical professionals

Date Posted: January 15th, 2014 02:58 AM


In Kuwait, POLO sees demands for nurses and allied medical professionals More hospitals and medical facilities are being constructed in Kuwait and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) forecasts that this development will demand 1,500 new jobs for nurses and other allied medical professionals. Citing POLO-Kuwait’s labor market information report from the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that alongside with the demand for medical professionals, engineers, architects, and other skilled workers are also needed in the oil and construction industries. “The Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC), Kuwait National Petroleum Co. (KNPC), the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education are among the primary companies and government agencies needing these workers,” Baldoz said. A temporary stock estimate of Filipino workers in Kuwait shows that there are 2,997 undocumented and 166,973 documented workers in the country which consist of 21,658 professionals; 19,249 skilled workers; 23,853 semi-skilled; 88,478 household service workers (HSW); and 13,735 unskilled workers. The figure is consistent with that of the Kuwait Immigration Office. Based on the job orders, there are 13,217 skilled OFWs, including new, replacement and Balik-Manggagawa (BM), being deployed annually in Kuwait. Yearly, the country deploys 36,603 household service workers (HSW) in Kuwait based on the verified new and replacement contracts while 9,658 are Balik-Manggagawa HSWs. Filipino workers make up 6.70 percent of the total foreign workers in Kuwait. Amidst media reports that Kuwait does not need more foreign workers due to the government’s commitment to boost the rate of Kuwait nationals in the labor market from 31 percent to 34 percent by end of 2014, POLO says that demand for Filipino workers will continue by at least 2 percent due to the increasing preference for Filipino professionals and skilled workers. Therefore, the labor market report recommends that the standards and quality of the Filipino professionals be maintained and upgrading of their expertise and proficiencies through continuing education and trainings prioritized. Moreover, it stated that in order for the overseas Filipino workers to capture this labor market, accreditation of the Filipino professionals such as engineers, nurses, and others in the different professional societies in Kuwait should be worked out. “It will give the Filipino professionals equal employment opportunities in Kuwait because industries and government entities employ only those professionals accredited by the society,” the report explains. “The issuance of Kuwait Counter Trafficking Law last 17 August 2013 will work in favour of foreign workers, including the OFWs, since it prescribes corresponding penalties ranging from fines to penalty of death upon commission of acts constituting trafficking in person,” Baldoz said. The labor chief, on the other hand, reminds all would-be OFWs to exercise caution in dealing with recruitment agencies and overseas job offers. “They should be very careful and critical, as there are illegal recruiters and bogus job offers despite regulations against human trafficking. Always deal with recruitment agencies licensed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration,” Baldoz said. End/rhev

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