Ilonggos searching for work in the United Kingdom (UK) through internet are advised to be more cautious due to the rampant cases of bogus internet job offers, said DOLE 6 Regional Director Manuel C. Roldan.
Roldan echoed today the advisory from the Philippine Embassy in London, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), warning online jobseekers to be wary of attractive jobs offered by employers or their agents that ask them to remit a certain amount of money allegedly to pay for the processing of their visas or work permits and other travel-related expenses.
He said jobseekers should be suspicious when employers or their agents require them to pay or remit money as payment for their visa or work permit expenses because charging of fees is prohibited under the current UK employment regulation.
Based on the advisory, those who have been offered jobs through the internet should advise their prospective UK employers to submit the original copies of their employment documents to the POLO office, Philippine Embassy in London for verification and authentication.
“Applicants should not only rely on scanned documents sent by email such as employment contract and appointment letters as most of these are found to be forged or fabricated,” Roldan said.
Among the UK jobs which have been offered lately to Filipino applicants include positions like nannies, au pair, caregiver, hotel staff, store manager, salesmen, and engineers, among others.
For Au Pair, jobseekers should take note that the British Embassy does not issue Au Pair visa to Filipino national because Philippines is not included in the UK’s list of au pair countries. Since November 2008, the Au Pair visa scheme was replaced by the Youth Mobility Scheme under the new UK-Point-Based Immigration system.
For nannies or domestic workers, a candidate must have worked with the sponsoring employer for at least one year to qualify to work as nanny or domestic worker in the UK. Applicant should not expect any visa to be issued to her if she has not previously worked with the employer.
It is emphasized that application for UK visa is done in the country of origin, which is in British Embassy in Manila, and not in the UK. Thus, applicants should not give credence to the scanned copies of visas allegedly applied in their behalf by their employer’s agents including immigration consultants, solicitor or travel agents, he added.
Roldan advised UK-bound jobseekers to verify the status of their prospective employers in the list of sponsors at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov. Under the new UK Point-Based Immigration system, the prospective UK employer should be a duly licensed sponsor by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before it can issue a certificate of sponsorship in favor of a candidate or applicant.
To ascertain the authenticity of job orders, employment contracts and the legitimacy of UK employers, he also advised jobseekers to check with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) at telephone no. (033) 336-8611 or log on to its website at www.poea.gov.ph. They may also contact POLO London, Philippine Embassy, at telephone no. 0044 (0)20-7451-1833 (32) or email request at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to verify said documents.