DOLE: 739 job openings for nurses available in UK, Ireland

via – A total of 739 job oppenings for nurses are available in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and Filipino nurses are encouraged to apply.

“This is a worthy career opportunity for our Filipino nurses who want to seek overseas employment,” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in a statement Monday.

In her report to the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) officer-in-charge Esperanza Cobarrubias said the job vacancies are covered by 12 job orders.

Baldoz, in encouraging Filipino nurses to apply, said UK and Ireland employers “provide not only good employment packages, but also, their governments strictly prohibit the charging of placement fee to applicants.”

Recently, Filipino nurses in the UK were put on spotlight following the conviction of Victorino Chua for killing two of his patients and poisoning several others. He is believed to have used fake documents from the Philippines to be able to land a job as a nurse in the UK.

In a statement, however, the Philippine Nurses Association of the United Kingdom (PNA-UK) defended the education and vetting process for nurses in the Philippines.

Application process

Meanwhile, Filipino nurses interested to work in UK and Ireland were advised to prepare for the process that they need to go through in order to land the job.

Applicants must successfully register with the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which includes, among others, attaining an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 and passing the two-part competency examination composed of the multiple choice Computer-Based Test (CBT), which is accessible in many countries, including the Philippines, and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is held in UK.

Baldoz said only applicants who pass the CBT will qualify for the OSCE.

She said qualified applicants will be granted a visit visa for six months, which will allow them entry into the UK not earlier than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the OSCE.

On the other hand, a nurse-applicant who successfully passes the OSCE will automatically be registered as a nurse with the NMC.

However, the applicant has to go back to the Philippines and apply for a Tier 2 visa with the UK Embassy as sponsored by the UK employer, and process the exit clearance with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) through the employer’s Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA).

A nurse-applicant who fails the OSCE is allowed to retake it twice. If the applicant still fails, then he/she has to go back to the Philippines even before the expiration of the six-month visit visa.


In the Republic of Ireland, the hiring of Filipino nurses requires an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants would have to undergo a nursing adaptation or supervised nursing practice upon arrival in the country before they can register with the Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board and later on work as registered nurses.

In the UK, a registered nurse receives an annual salary ranging from £21,478 to £27,901; while a nurse in Ireland gets a salary ranging from €29,205 to €35,000 a year.

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