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POEA announces increase in minimum wage for Filipino nurses working in Germany

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

Good news to Filipino nurses working in Germany under the ‘Triple Win’ program.

The Department of Labor and Employment said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) revealed that the government of Germany has announced last year the increase of the minimum wage for Triple Win nurses.

“The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said nurses who were interviewed and have signed employment contracts as of January 1, 2019, will receive 2,000 euros before and 2,400 after recognition as a qualified nurse. The previous minimum wage was 1,900 euros and 2,300 euros,” the Labor department said in a statement.

“The increase, however, does not apply to those nurses who have already arrived in Germany and whose employment contracts have already been signed in 2018 but may not be processed at the POEA yet,” added DOLE.

DOLE said POEA is still accepting applications to fill up 400 vacancies.

To qualify, one must be a Filipino citizen, male or female, and permanent resident of the Philippines with Bachelor of Science in Nursing, active Philippine Nursing License and at least two years related professional experience (bedside) in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and/or care institutions.

Applicants must also have German language proficiency or willing to undergo German language training in the Philippines to attain Level B1 (to be paid by the employer) and must be able to attend the language class in April and May 2019; or with Bl or B2 Language Proficiency Level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

“The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find suitable accommodation. The selected nurse will bear the expenses in full or in part of the board and lodging,” said DOLE.

Qualified applicants should register online at www.eservices.poea.gov.ph and personally submit the required documents under the heading “German Federal Employment Agency RSF No. 180028” at the Manpower Registry Division, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City:

“Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the resume to the employer,” said DOLE.

According to the labor department, the deadline for the submission of applications at POEA Central and Regional Offices is on February 28, 2019 as interview by employers is scheduled on end of March 2019.

The Triple Win Project is a government-to-government project with the German Federal Republic and the Philippines which is supervised by the POEA.

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