Thousands of nurses needed in Germany and Russia

MANILA, Philippines - Germany and Russia are in need of 22,000 nurses and Filipinos are welcome to take the jobs, according to Labor Secretary Dominador Say.

In a report by GMA News, Say revealed that the expected monthly salary of nurses in the said countries will be at least P150,000. In addition, hired nurses have the option to bring their families to live with them in both countries.

Thousands of nurses needed in Germany and Russia
Aspiring applicants may go to the Department of Labor and Employment after a few weeks for the hiring requirements.

Why it’s not easy?

Although the prospect of taking a nursing job in both countries may seem inviting for thousands of Filipino nurses seeking greener pastures, a report by ABS-CBN News in March 2016 revealed that the application process in Germany is not easy.

In his interview with dzMM, recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani said that Filipino nurses’ lack of training in actual clinical care as well as geriatric care may be major issue for applicants.

"Eh dahil nga sa kakulangan ng ating mga ospital at mahirap talagang pumasok... we are not producing enough experienced nurses to fulfill the demands of many other countries asking for Filipino nurses," Geslani explained.

"We don't have enough nurses who can comply with the requirements,” he added.

Moreover, Geslani revealed that the difficulty of learning German language presents another problem for jobseekers.

Geslani said that less than 300 Filipino nurses have been deployed to Germany since 2014 due to difficulty in learning, speaking and writing the German Language.

Elsa Villa, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters Inc. (PASEI), added that German language training costs about P60,000 and takes about six months.

Massive skill shortage in Germany by 2025

In 2015, Newsweek reported that Germany needs hundreds of thousands of migrants since it is predicted that the labor force will have dropped by 7 million by 2025.

Germany’s largest economics research institute, the CESifo group, said the country’s ageing population and lack of workers in the medical profession and engineering sectors will put the country in crisis in paying pensions and providing healthcare.

Indeed, the German government has introduced changes in recent years to make it easier for migrants to settle and work in Germany.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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