As Poland struggles with labor shortage because many of its citizens are moving to other parts of Europe, the country has decided to open its doors to foreign workers. In the past, Poland had not been keen on taking in migrant workers due to its right-wing government, but the country has realized that its economy is hurt by the lack of workers.
This was partially solved in 2017 by hiring Ukrainian workers, but the Polish government discovered that Filipinos are great workers and could provide a good addition to its labor force. Thus, Poland inked a deal with the Philippine government as it opened thousands of jobs just for Filipino workers.
The Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI) revealed that Poland needs thousands of workers in various fields and industries, including information technology, manufacturing, fish and meat processing, and heavy-duty truck driving.
PASEI president Elsa Villa also revealed that the jobs made available for Filipinos don’t even require previous job experience, saying that the employers are willing to provide them with on-site training.
“Hindi nga kailangan na kayo ay highly skilled. They need a lot of people, unskilled, that they will assign to manufacturing companies,” Villa said.
Residency, Chance to Bring Family
Aside from offering plenty of job opportunities for Filipinos, Poland is offering another interesting bonus: residency.
“Workers who have worked straight five years with one employer will be entitled to apply for residency. So ‘pag sa residency, puwede mong madala ang pamilya mo doon,” Villa shared.
“Of course, ikaw ang magbabayad sa expenses ng pagdala ng pamilya mo doon, but especially for young families, I really really recommend this because libre doon ang education. Libre rin ang hospitalization.”
This will certainly entice a lot of people to find jobs in Poland, especially because of the prospect of being able to bring their families there. But the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warns job seekers to only find jobs through accredited agencies.
“If you plan to be deployed by our government through government placement, dito lang po kayo sa POEA makipag-usap,” said POEA administrator Bernard Olalia.
“Huwag po kayong makikipag-usap ng over the phone, makikipag-transact over the phone. Pinakamainam po [ay] pumunta kayo sa main or press office ng agency.”
According to Villa, other countries in Europe such as Croatia and the Czech Republic are also planning to open its doors to Filipino workers soon…
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