The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shares the positive news that there is more demand for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in countries like Austria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovakia.
This news comes from the report of the Labor Attaché Atty Maria Corina Bunag indicating that these countries are considered as “emerging job markets for OFWs”.
As of now, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) based in Milan, Italy is seeking bilateral agreement with Austria as the latter have indicated interest in the deployment of Filipino healthcare workers specifically 1000 nurses, nursing assistants, and other workers in the healthcare industry.
Meanwhile in Romania, the number of OFWs are still low at only about 1,500 but week by week almost 20 OFWs are deployed as household service workers, factory workers, as well as automotive workers. Those who are planning to work abroad next year 2023, may also include Romania in their search for OFW jobs.
“With only 862 Filipino workers, we are expecting that the current deployment rate in Hungary will be expanded because the Hungarian government has also expressed interest in opening thousands of jobs for our OFWs,” Bunag said. If this comes into fruition, this is a great news for our kababayans who wants to work as OFW in Europe, specifically in Hungary.
For those who have job experience in the tourism and service industries like resorts, restaurants, and hotels and who wants to try their luck working abroad, you may search for job opportunities in Croatia. More Filipinos are getting employed there, in fact in previous decades the number of OFWs are less than a hundred, now in 2022 OFWs in Croatia has increase to 3,000+.
Atty Bunag further shares that European countries and employers like in Croatia are interested to hire Filipinos for we are known as skilled workers, talented, and proficient in the English language.
Our advice here in OFWJOBHIRING is this – now that the world is slowly emerging from the Covid pandemic, more and more opportunities to become OFWs will open for Filipinos. So it is best to keep your resume or curriculum vitae updated and to make sure your passport still has many months to go before expiry. Also, make sure to be ready with your legal documents and work certificates, if there are any. And when an opportunity presents itself that you fill is tailor-fit for you, grab it.
Our wish for the rest of 2022 and for 2023 is for more Filipinos, who are interested to get jobs abroad, will secure employment as an OFW with good working condition, salary, and benefits.