Saudi Arabia is looking to hire 1,000 Filipino nurses. Photo: iStock

The Philippine government has announced that Saudi Arabia is looking to hire 1,000 Filipino nurses. Bernard Olalia, the administrator at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said applicants were required to have at least two years experience but were not required to learn Arabic, The Filipino Times reported.

Olalia said nurses going to work in Saudi will be offered a starting salary of PHP57,000 (US$1,088) with an annual increase of PHP4,000. The nurses would also receive free accommodation, a round-trip ticket and paid annual vacation.

Interested applicants can register online with the POEA’s website and submit their resume, education credentials and other documents to either the POEA’s regional offices before January 18 or central office in Mandaluyong City before January 25.

Saudi Arabia is now the largest hirer of Filipino migrant workers and has the largest Filipino population in the Middle East. There are almost two million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, making up the fourth-largest group of foreigners in the country.

Earlier this week, the POEA announced they are accepting applications for nurses to be deployed to Germany. The POEA said the country was looking to hire 400 Filipino nurses with at least two years experience.

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