Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Australia, UK, Canada wants OFWs

Despite the global economic crisis, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) still got a chance to land a job abroad. South Australia United Kingdom and Canada will need OFWs to fill perennial skills shortage.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Marianito Roque said Philippine and South Australian is preparing for the recruitment of Filipino workers.

“Thus the recruitment of OFWs to South Australia would be orderly, ethical and in line with the laws and policies of the Philippines and of Australia,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Philippines said that OFWs are highly appreciated to work in their country despite the financial crisis and that they (OFWs) are continuously making a “valuable contribution” to the UK since they are providing quality work.

Engineers, doctors, nurses and teachers are included in the national occupation shortage list recently issued by the British Borders and Immigration Agency.

On the other hand, Jason Kenney, minister for immigration, Canada will maintain its policy of encouraging immigration to meet labor shortages despite the worldwide financial crisis.

“Obviously, the economic crisis worries us a great deal... but we believe it would be counterproductive to cut off a labor supply from those sectors of the economy that are still growing by reducing immigration levels,” Kenney said.

He also added that they are eying for nurses from the Philippines, heavy equipment operators from Ukraine and consumer software designers from India.


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