Overseas Jobs, Jobs Abroad, Pinoys Abroad
Feed Burner
Twitter
Nov
21
2014

A Chance for Filipino Doctors and Nurses to work in KSA

Posted by:

Filipino healthcare workers who desires of working abroad may find great opportunity in Saudi Arabia.

KSA’s Ministry of Economy and Planning announces that Saudi Arabia urgently needed at least 10, 000 doctors and 20, 000 nurses for its public hospitals and health centers by the end of the year.

Saudi Arabia targets to create one health center per 7,000 people in various parts of the kingdom, emphasizing the need to build around 3,000 new health centers to address the shortage of health services for citizens.

Saudi’s Health Ministry was criticized for its poor health services, adding that their centralized system often fails to make right decisions.

With this demand for 30,000 doctors and nurses, Filipino healthcare workers may find this as their lucky chance to work abroad and earn higher salary, as what most OFWs seek for.

It is now time to prepare those necessary documents for working abroad and check POEA-licensed recruitment agencies for job hiring’s.  But OFWs must remember to be careful when dealing with recruitment agencies.

 

Guides for OFWs:

How to Schedule a DFA Passport Appointment Online

Work Abroad 101 (A Useful Q&A for Filipinos)

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies part2

 

Overseas job openings for Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia.

 

Inspiring stories of Filipino Nurses from Saudi Arabia

Pinay Nurses Sent Off with Praises by Saudi Hospital

The Pinay Nurse’s Way to Success

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Nov
20
2014

Is this Real? No More Iqama Fee for OFWs in KSA?

Posted by:

Don’t rejoice yet, fellow overseas Filipino workers in Saudi. This may sound like good news, right? But not all OFWs will benefit in this ‘No Iqama Fee’ policy announced last June by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

The Iqama renewal fee for expatriates was lifted based on certain criteria that need to be met.

You are exempted from paying the SR 2,400 iqama fee if:

  • If you are an OFW who works for an SME and you’re one of the four expatriate employees.  An SME employs less than 10 employees.

 

Your iqama renewal is free if:

  • You are employed under a small and medium sized business in Saudi Arabia employing less than 10 employees. But this will only be applicable if the Saudi owner of the SME Company is working full time.

You are entitled to reimburse the iqama fee you paid if:

  • You are working in a company who have signed contracts with the Saudi government before November 15, 2012. The iqama fee they’ve paid in the previous two years are refundable.

Normally, OFWs employer will have to pay SR 2,400 plus the insurance, the iqama renewal fee of SR500, and some labor office fee.  This is still applicable if the OFWs’ company is not under the criteria of SME.

OFWs are reminded that their Kafeel or sponsor is the one to transact and pay for their iqama and it is against the Saudi Ministry of Labor if they fail to do so.

Saudi MOL also encourages OFWs to file an official complain if their Kafeel is delaying the renewal of their iqama, which is a necessary document for OFWs.

 

More articles to read:

Saudi MOL to Lighten Regulation on Sponsorship Transfer

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category in Saudi

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

How to Apply for a Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia

OFWs Returning to Saudi, Do You Still Need an NOC?

 

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Published in: OFW News
Nov
19
2014

OFWs: No to 2-year Ban in KSA for Exiting Filipinos

Posted by:

Before, the only problem overseas Filipino workers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia faces was the maltreatment of employers and delayed or low salary. Now, they have another thing to worry about.

A 2-year ban on expatriates was proposed which will also affect OFWs leaving KSA with a final exit visa.  The said proposal will only allow expatriates with final exit visa to return to the kingdom two years after they exited.

This action is in coordination with the kingdom’s Saudization program, creating more job opportunities to Saudi nationals rather than employing expatriates, with OFWs most of the time.

But OFWs protest to this proposal because for them, it is against the Saudi and Philippine government’s labor agreement.  If ever the idea will push through, OFWs deployment will be affected and more Filipinos will add to the number of unemployed individuals.  This will also affect the Philippine’s economy since OFWs remittances are of great help for the country.

Filipino migrant worker-supporting groups also emphasized that most OFWs were forced to leave KSA on final exit visas because of their labor disputes which is mainly matters regarding their salary, humane injustice and breach of contract they’ve signed before leaving the Philippines.

The 2-year ban for expatriates leaving KSA with final exit visas was proposed by the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) labor market committee, which reviewed the kingdom’s Saudization program.

The recommendation which will greatly affect OFWs was patterned to the same measure taken by Oman, Saudi’s neighbouring Gulf country.

Oman imposes a two-year visa ban on expatriates who leave their jobs because of labor arguments.  But they can return to Oman on a tourist, family joining, and visitor or investor visa.

OFWs are concerned that if ever the proposed two-year ban on expatriates were imposed, most Filipinos who work in KSA will suffer unemployment with their final exit visa. They call on to the government to settle the issue with the Saudi government so that OFWs will not endure in the end.

 

Related articles:

OFWs Returning to Saudi, Do You Still Need An NOC?

Final Exit Visa Guidelines for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

OFWs Transferring Sponsor? Know Your Company’s Category in Saudi

How OFWs can Transfer Sponsorship if in Red Category

Filipinos in Saudi Advised To Take Precautions Against MERS-CoV

How to apply for a Driver’s License in Saudi Arabia

 

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Published in: OFW News
Nov
17
2014

Better Working Conditions for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Posted by:

After a year of waiting, overseas Filipino workers will now enjoy more benefits from the Saudi government. This is after the Saudi Cabinet has approved the Filipino domestic workers recruitment agreement, which had been signed by the Philippines and Saudi labor.

The labor agreement was approved by Saudi Cabinet last November 3, 2014. This covers housemaids, babysitters, laundrywomen, family drivers, cooks and gardeners.

The agreement impose that OFWs had to received a minimum monthly salary of SR 1, 500, their own bank accounts, weekly rest days and daily rest periods.

OFWs will also have paid vacation leave, free communication and humane treatment, and non-withholding of passports and work permits.

The labor pact will imply lifting the freeze on the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers which was ordered because of arising complaints of domestic workers abuse by Saudi families.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Saudi Labor Deputy Minister Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani signed the labor agreement on hiring Filipino household service workers last May 2013.

 

For overseas jobs for Filipinos, click here.

 

Other articles you may want to read:

How to Prepare for a Pre-Employment Medical Exam

What are the Documents OFWs Need to Submit to DFA for Red Ribbon

What OFWs Ought to Know About the Employment Contract

OFWs in KSA, Learn This: How to Compute for OT Pay

 

 

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Published in: OFW News
Nov
11
2014

OFWs can soon avail Credit Assistance from OWWA

Posted by:

After the suspension of the terminal fee integration by the Pasay RTC, good news is an early Christmas present for OFWs.

Here’s wonderful news, OFWs! The House of Representatives has approved the third and final reading of the house bill which creates a credit assistance program for overseas Filipino workers.

Named House Bill 4985 or the Overseas Workers Credit Assistance Act, this bill is set to create a credit assistance program for OFWs which will help them in paying for recruitment fees and other payments made during their pre-employment.

OWWA is assigned to accredit many domestic or foreign banking institutions duly accredited to do business in the Philippines to give the loan payment needs of OFW borrowers.  House Bill 4985 also orders the creation of an online payment system where OFWs may pay the loan through the internet, a year after its effectivity.

The OFW will be the borrower and his next-of-kin shall serve as his co-borrower in the loan agreement or contract.  OFWs should be responsible enough for paying the loan regularly to OWWA through accredited banking institutions.  If the OFW fails to pay the loan or had committed any violation in the loan agreement, it will be a reason enough for POEA and POLOs to withhold the issuance of his Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and other exit permit or clearance for the OFW to work abroad.

The fund needed by OWWA to implement the Credit Assistance Program for OFWs will come from the Overseas Welfare Trust Fund, which will be returned through the payments and interests from loan payments by the OFWs.

 

 

Related article:

Senate Bill will support OFWs once passed

Other articles you may like:

OFWs Rejoice: ITF Suspended by Pasay RTC

OFWs in KSA, Learn This: How to Compute for OT Pay

How OFWs Can Apply for a Work Permit/Visa in Canada

OFWs Should Read This If You Want to Work in Singapore

If you like this post, you may also want to subscribe to our RSS feed to be updated on job opportunities for  OFWs and news concerning OFWs.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Overseas Jobs - OFW Guide - Seaman Jobs - Nursing Guide