Friday, 10 August 2007

UK allows work extensions, hikes pay of non-EU caregivers

By Veronica UyINQUIRER.netLast updated 05:45pm (Mla time) 08/10/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The United Kingdom has reversed its policy of not granting work extensions for non-European caregivers and has also raised their annual salary from €12,500 British pounds (P1.156 million) to €14,600 (P1.351 million), recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani said Friday.In an interview, he said the policy shift, the result of lobbying by care associations in the UK, will immediately benefit 1,000 Filipino senior carers already in the European country whose work permits have not been extended and are facing deportation. Senior carer is the term by which nurses or midwives are known.Geslani said the new policy will also benefit some 25,000 Filipino senior carers in the UK whose work permits will eventually expire later and the thousands more in the Philippines who aspire to work there. [Read more]

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