The UK is a popular destination for overseas Filipino workers looking for jobs. The country has a high demand for skilled workers and offers many opportunities to those who are willing to work hard.
There are many ways to find jobs in the UK, but the most common way is through recruitment agencies. These agencies have connections with employers and can help you find the perfect job that suits your skillset and experience.
This article will help you with how to search for jobs in the UK for Filipinos. This can be a useful post if you are planning to look for jobs in the UK or if you already live in the UK and are searching for ways to find jobs in the UK.
Before you start your search for jobs in the UK, it is best to do some research and identify the different places where your skills are wanted. This will help you narrow down your job search and save you the time and effort hunting for the right type of job or a place with a high demand for the skill-set you possess. Fortunately, there are numerous job sites on the internet where you can post your CV and application to get a job in the UK.
The following are the requirements needed to apply for work in the United Kingdom (UK).
- For the requirements commonly requested by the DMW, click this link to see the list.
- You must be a Filipino citizen or have a valid Philippine passport, with proof of identity and address.
- You must have a valid employment visa (including student visas) and remain eligible to work in the UK.
- You must have enough savings to cover your living expenses while in the UK until you secure a job and earn more money from working abroad.
- Your application should be accompanied by a medical report from a licensed doctor stating that you are fit and healthy to work in the country.
- If you are married, your spouse must also submit an application along with his/her valid passport and visa along with his/her certificate of marriage.
The following are some of the qualifications needed to apply for work in the United Kingdom (UK):
Language Requirements – The language requirement is based on the position you are applying for. Most employers prefer that you speak English fluently, but if you don’t, it is not impossible to find work as long as you can communicate effectively enough.
Educational Requirements – Most jobs require at least a high school diploma or equivalent, but many jobs require a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Some employers may require an advanced degree (i.e., Master’s or Doctoral).
Experience Requirements – In most cases, experience is not required unless it is specifically listed in the job description. However, if you do not have experience in what they are looking for, then gaining some experience through volunteering or internships may help boost your chances of getting hired by that particular employer when they do not require experience.
How to Search for DMW Jobs in the UK
I. Know your Options
Before doing a job search, you must know first how to enter the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom offered these choices for Filipinos who wanted to work in there. These are the following:
Tier One visas are offered to high-skilled workers, business owners, investors, and graduate students who reside outside of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). These job seekers can apply without a job offer.
Tier Two visas are offered to people outside of EEA, skilled workers, athletes, and clergy members if they have a job offer and can fill a need in the local labor market.
Tier Three visas are offered to temporary laborers with low skill levels.
Tier Four visas are offered to foreign students older than 16 who wish to attend a school, college, or university in the nation.
Tier Five visas are offered to six subcategories of temporary workers, including those employed in the charitable, religious, and working-holiday industries as well as young people.
After you have known your choices, it is now time for a job search.
II. Job Search
To do a job search, you must know first websites that are trustworthy. The website must have legitimate job postings. To make sure that the website is reliable, check the reviews and feedback of other people and the site must be around for a long time and have a good reputation among other employers and job seekers alike.
Here are the websites that have legitimate job postings for Filipinos who wanted to work in the UK.
Indeed is a popular job search engine used by millions of people worldwide. It’s ranked as one of the top 10 job search engines in the United States and is also one of the most visited sites on the internet. It has over 90 million unique visitors per month worldwide, making it one of the largest job boards in the world.
To search for jobs in the UK using this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. Click the underlined link above in blue. You will be redirected to the website that looks like this.
2. Then, on the ‘What’, enter the keyword for the job that you are looking for. In this case, I used ‘Nurse’. On the where enter ‘UK’. A suggestion will appear like ‘UK-POEA’. Click the suggestion. Click ‘Find Jobs’.
3. Then you will be shown results based on your job search.
4. Click on the “Apply Now” button to apply for a job.
5. Fill out the form and submit it.
6. Wait until you receive an email from Indeed.com (or check your spam folder) with an application number and instructions on how to proceed with the interview process.
One of the best ways to search for jobs in the UK is using LinkedIn.com. It is a free website where you can join and search for jobs, companies, and people according to your interests.
To search for jobs on this website, you may follow the steps below.
1. You must first register on the website if you don’t have an account. If you already have an account, just log in to continue.
2. Click the link above to redirect you to the website that looks like this.
3. On the first search bar, enter the job that you are looking for. In this, I put “Pharmacist”. On the next search bar, you must put the location you wanted to work to. In this, I put “United Kingdom”. Hit ‘Search Jobs” to continue.
4. Once you find a job that you like, click on it and scroll down to the “Apply” tab. You will be provided with all the details about the company such as its location, contact details, and job description. You could also check their website if they have one.
5. Fill out your details in the application form including your name, email address, phone number, and other relevant details like educational background and experience. Once you are done filling out all required fields, click on the “Send Application” button that appears after filling out all the required information.
6. If you have applied for a job before or have been selected previously, then your account will automatically be verified by LinkedIn’s verification system called “Verified by Vetting”. This means that they will verify whether you are really who you say you are by checking out your educational background, work history, etc. If everything checks out fine then your account will be activated immediately under its current status – “Active”.
This means that they will verify whether you are really who you say you are by checking out your educational background, work history, etc. If everything checks out fine then your account will be activated immediately under its current status – “Active”.
The DMW Website is a job portal for all aspiring OFWs that wanted to find employment abroad. This website is the most preferred and the most recommended website for Filipinos since the jobs posted on this website were checked thoroughly by the Department of Migrant Workers(DMW) and has the license to operate.
To find jobs on this website, you can follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above and this page will appear.
2. On the search bar, enter ‘United Kingdom. And click ‘Search’.
3. You will be shown search results on the jobs in UK.
III. Apply for a Work Visa
Many Filipinos who want to work in the UK are worried about getting a visa. They wonder if there is a way for them to do this without going through the long process of applying for a Work visa (Employment Permit) from their government as well as navigating through various government systems in the UK.
To apply for a work visa, here are the requirements needed.
- Two recent color photos
- Proof of UK living costs
- Accommodation proof
- Tuberculosis tests
- If staying with friends or family, a visa invitation letter.
- PAID UK VISA FEES
- Non-English or Welsh documents need certified translations
To apply for a UK Work Visa, you may follow the steps below.
Choose a travel visa
Visit UK Visas and Immigration (GOV.UK) to find out what type of visa you need and what documents you’ll need.
Check your visa type’s documentation requirements. You may need translations if your documents aren’t in English.
Begin visa application
When you’re ready to apply, visit UK Visas and Immigration (https://GOV.UK ).
3. Make payments
Determine the cost.
You must pay for your visa and healthcare surcharge on GOV. The UK to complete your application. After paying, you’ll get a GWF reference number. Note this if you need to change your visa application or appointment.
Appointment-only Visa Application Centers
After completing and paying for your visa application on GOV. The UK, you’ll be directed to VFS Global to book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre to have your biometric data (fingerprints and photo) captured.
You can choose optional VFS Global services to speed up, simplify, or relax your application process.
5. Add supporting files
You can submit application documents online from your home, school, or office, so you can keep them with you. Read our document guidelines.
If you don’t have a scanner, we can scan your documents at the Visa Application Centre. This service usually costs money.
6. Visit the VFS
Attend your visa appointment. You can’t substitute.
Read our Visa Application Centre guidelines.
7. Application tracking
Follow your application’s progress.
When the Visa Application Centre receives your decision, they’ll email you. If you can’t access email or want more detailed tracking info, you can get SMS updates. Check if this service is offered at the Visa Application Centre you’re visiting. This service costs money.
8. Get a passport
Visa Application Centre: Passport
After a visa application decision, you can pick up or have your documents couriered to you. Some Visa Application Centers only return documents via courier (included in the fee), while other centers charge for the service.
Bring the Visa Application Centre receipt and a government-issued ID to pick up your documents.
Consult the Visa Application Centre at your appointment for document collection options.
IV. Preparation for Going to the UK
To prepare in moving to the UK, you need to know the basic information about the country and what you need to do. Here are the following.
UK living expenses
The living expenses in the UK vary by region. Compared to the Philippines, UK living costs are higher.
First-time Filipinos in the country are often shocked by the cost of goods and services, so it’s best to be prepared and know how much you’ll need.
Before moving to the UK, you must also find a place to live. Finding a place to stay takes time, so plan. The research will help you decide whether to rent or buy, how much your budget should be and what type of home you need (ex. semi-detached house, flat, terrace, etc.). As house-hunting can be overwhelming, you can start looking in the Philippines. For more flexibility, rent before you buy. Several websites let you choose between house sharing and having your place. Comparing prices across sites is also possible.
The British Pound, also known as “Sterling,” is the official currency of the UK and exchanges for other currencies at roughly these rates: 1 British pound is equal to 1,585 euros. 81,220 Philippine Pesos are equal to 1 British pound. 100 pence make up one pound (£). The most prevalent coins in use are the £1 and £2, as well as the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, and 50p coins.
The predominant southwest winds off the North Atlantic moderate the weather in the UK, making for mild winters and cool, cloudy summers. The amount of rain falls equally throughout the year. So, you must prepare clothes for the four seasons of the year.
Fish and chips and curry are two of the UK’s most popular fast foods. Tea is much more popular than coffee as the most consumed beverage in the UK.
You must also know the do’s and don’ts in the UK to avoid confusion and to pay respect to your host country. Here are some of them.
- Bring an umbrella.
- Lower the Volume
- Say Hello to Everyone
- Consider your appointments important.
- The Tower Bridge and the London Bridge are often confused.
- Look for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive on the wrong side of the road.
- Get mad if someone calls you “Duck” or “Mate.”
- After the preparation, it is now time for your flight to the UK.
V. Arrival in UK
Arriving in the United Kingdom (UK) must be an exhausting flight but it is worth it. When you are already in the UK, you need to do the following:
Getting a bank account in the UK
If you move to the UK, you’ll need to open a bank account there so that you can handle your money more easily. Even though you can still use your Philippine bank account when you first move to the UK, it might be very expensive to do so because the exchange rates are low and there are extra bank fees. It is now much easier to open a bank account in the UK than it used to be, and there are many banks to choose from.
There is a lot of competition in the UK financial industry, so there are a lot of big banks and new challenger banks that offer similar services. It’s important to do your homework to find the right bank for you. Since you just moved here, it might be easier for you to open an account with one of the big banks.
Barclay’s, Lloyd’s, HSBC, and Royal Bank of Scotland are the UK’s big four banks. NatWest, Santander, Standard Chartered, and a lot of other big banks are also very important.
Most of the time, you need to show proof of who you are and where you live to open a bank account in the UK. But before you send in your application, make sure to check with the bank to see if they need any additional documents.
Knowing How the British Healthcare System Works
It’s crucial to understand that everyone who lives in the UK has access to free healthcare through the National Health Service (NHS). However, foreign nationals who intend to live in the UK for a period longer than six months and who are not citizens of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland will have to pay the health surcharge.
This implies that the surcharge will be levied against Filipino immigrants to the UK. Another prerequisite for applying for a UK visa is the payment of the health surcharge. Once you have paid, you will be able to use the NHS on the same terms as other UK citizens.
Make sure to register with a general practitioner (GP) in the area where you will be living as soon as you arrive in the UK. You must provide both identity and address proof in order to register.
Visit the UK Home Office website for more details on the UK health surcharge payment and immigration applications.
Visit the NHS website for more details on the UK healthcare system.
Getting Involved in UK Filipino Communities
One of the largest Filipino populations in Europe is found in the UK and Ireland. There are approximately 200,000 Filipinos living in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) and Ireland, according to the Philippine Embassy. It’s great news for Filipinos who want to relocate to any of these nations that there is a sizable Filipino community there. There are probably Filipino organizations that work to unite Filipinos in the city where you will be based.
Online searches are another way to locate Filipinos who reside in the UK. On Facebook, there are several Filipino groups, the majority of which have thousands of members. The former members, who are always happy to help and offer advice, can interact with many Filipinos who have recently immigrated to the nation. You can get started by joining our Facebook group called “Filipino Kababayan in the UK,” which we run ourselves.
Video: Search for DMW Jobs in UK
YouTube Channel: Manong George
Watch them as they describe using a Tier 2 visa to enter the UK. Finding employment and adjusting to life in the UK proved to be difficult for them. They described how they were able to land a job they adored in the UK. The ability to bring their families with them to the UK is probably the best part of relocating there because it is a significant part of their lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are the top Frequently Asked Questions compiled about finding a job for Filipinos in the UK.
1. Can I go to the UK to look for a job?
No, you can’t do that. On a tourist visa, you can’t look for work. If you do and get caught, you will be sent home and won’t be able to get a visa again. Yes, but to start the job, you will need a work visa, which you would have to apply for in your home country.
2. How can I get a job offer from the UK?
Most work visas require you to have a job offer and sponsorship from an employer in the UK before you can apply. This employer must also be on the list of eligible employers from the Home Office.
3. Is it easy to get a sponsored job in the UK?
It can be challenging to find a job in the UK that qualifies for visa sponsorship, as many of you international students are aware.
4. Can I sponsor myself in the UK?
Self-sponsorship is a myth, so the article is somewhat inaccurate in that regard. You may establish a company in the UK with the intent that it will conduct business, but this company cannot apply for a sponsor license until it has presented supporting documentation.
5. Is it easy to get a Skilled Worker visa in the UK?
Obtaining a UK Skilled Worker Visa may take longer and involve more difficulties than in other popular ex-pat destinations, but it is not impossible. The truth is that more skilled foreigners are receiving work visas for the UK while fewer applicants are being turned down.
To get a job in the United Kingdom as a foreign national, it is important to research what jobs are available, and where they are available. Some skills that you can bring with you may not be accepted in the UK, while others will have evolutions to the same job title.
It will be great if you can use the tips in this article to land a job in the UK and have your friends or relatives join you also. There are so many things to do and see if you live in the UK no matter whether you are on a visit, work, studying, or a citizen.