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Filipinos in UK warned vs jobs offered online

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Filipinos seeking jobs abroad are warned against online recruiters claiming to offer job orders and employment opportunities in the United Kingdom.

The Philippine embassy in London said the job offers include au pairs, drivers, gardeners, cleaners, caregivers, nannies and private nurses.

It noted an increase in cases of fraudulent overseas recruitment activities and has reported them to Philippine and British law enforcement authorities.

Philippine Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo urged interested applicants for employment opportunities in the UK “to exercise due vigilance by verifying first with POEA before parting with their funds.”

“It is disheartening to see our kababayans duped out of their hard-earned money by nefarious online scammers who offer non-existent jobs,” Lagdameo said.

According to the embassy, the UK has a strict migration policy that bans the recruitment of workers from countries not part of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA), such as the Philippines, if the jobs and skills are not included in the UK Visas and Immigration Shortage Occupation (SOC) list.

The embassy noted that while there have been many victims, most victims decide against pressing charges against the perpetrators.

Labor Attaché Reydeluz Conferido said this prompted them to “repeatedly advised applicants for overseas work to heed the guidance and policies of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on seeking overseas employment.”

“We warn them against dealing with unscrupulous individuals who offer jobs online because it is almost impossible to ascertain the true identities of these online recruiters,” Conferido said.

Applicants may refer to www.poea.gov.ph for a complete list of valid job orders and accredited recruitment agencies for the United Kingdom, the embassy said.