Four years ago the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) warned that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will experience a chronic shortage of nurses in 2016.

The most recent list of Shortage Occupations in the UK is available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486107/Shortage_Occupation_List_-_November_2015.pdf

That year came to pass, but the shortage stayed and is expected to linger in the years ahead especially with Brexit’s hard landing.

CfWI predicted a shortage of 47,500 nurses to hit NHS due to efforts of trusts to reduce their paybills, the number of nurses due to retire and the number of nursing students expected to fill the gap while the demand for services increase.

Nursing Times, a magazine for the profession since 1905 revealed last year that “across the old SHA regions the number of training places for nurses has been cut by 2,500 over three years.”

The CfWI noted that the past practice of looking to foreign nurses to address shortages has become more difficult due to the “stricter immigration controls on non-European Union nurses” and the UK is a signatory to the World Health Organization’s commitment “to reduce recruitment of foreign health workers.”

The latest guidance from the UK Home Office on foreign nurses being recruited to work in the UK shows the stringent requirement: "If you are applying to work in the UK as a nurse or midwife and are not yet registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you must have passed the NMC’s Computer Based Test (CBT) or your application will be refused. You must provide evidence from the NMC demonstrating this. Your sponsor must also confirm that you will sit an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) within 3 months of your stated employment start date."

Agencies representing UK Employers (listed in the Tier 2 Registry of Authorized Employers) and the UK employers are not willing to advance the costs of taking the OSCE and other costs of recruitment unless the applicants can practically assure the employer or agency of passing.  Hence the common - but not legal option - is a side agreement with the Nurse and the Agency that the nurse shall advance the cots and the agency and/or employer shall reimburuse the expenses (of taking and passing the OSCE) at a later date.

UK’s restrictive immigration policy for foreign workers and international students is the main reason why thousands of approved job orders by POEA licensed recruitment agencies remain unfilled.

For a more recent article from the Guardian, click here https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/24/english-speaking-ovserseas-nurses-fail-nhs-too-tough-language-test

As of June 19, 2017, several licensed agencies have “unlimited or open” number of job orders for nurses in the UK.

From the earliest listing (June 19, 2015) where hundreds of nurses were requested by the principals or employers or recruitment agencies in the Philippines, the orders remain open, even with the International Personnel and Management Services (IPAMS).

The complete POEA listing of approved job orders for Philippine nurses is shown below.

Available Job Orders by Country as of Jun 19, 2017 9:00:37 AM
Country : UNITED KINGDOM

 Country
  Position
  Agency
  Date Approved
  JO Balance
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
JEDEGAL INT`L MANPOWER SERVICES INC
 
6/13/2017
 
76
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE QUALIFIED
 
PERPETUAL HELP PLACEMENT SERVICES INTERNATIONAL INC (FORMERLY AP SQUARE INT
 
6/2/2017
 
100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
6/2/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
6/2/2017
 
120
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
6/1/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
6/1/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
CAMOX PHILIPPINES, INC.
 
5/30/2017
 
10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE
 
ORANGE INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT SERVICES INC (FORMERLY INFRACELL PHILIPPIN
 
5/17/2017
 
50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
GHR HEALTHCARE RECRUITMENT INC
 
5/12/2017
 
20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE
 
MITAC OVERSEAS MANPOWER CORPORATION (FORMERLY EMMYLOU`S MANPOWER INC)
 
5/11/2017
 
40
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
PHYSIOLOGIST CARDIAC
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
5/11/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
5/10/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
AGUINALDO RECRUITMENT AGENCY INC
 
5/3/2017
 
56
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
JS CONTRACTOR INCORPORATED
 
4/26/2017
 
35
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE
 
LINK ASIA MANPOWER SOLUTIONS CORP
 
4/19/2017
 
138
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
AGUINALDO RECRUITMENT AGENCY INC
 
4/11/2017
 
48
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
ASCEND INTERNATIONAL SERVICES INC
 
4/10/2017
 
12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
4/3/2017
 
150
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
AUDIT EXECUTIVE/AUDITOR
 
QRD INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT INC
 
3/23/2017
 
18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
MANAGER
 
QRD INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT INC
 
3/23/2017
 
20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
CHIEF CARDIAC PHYSIOLOGIST
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
3/22/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
AGUINALDO RECRUITMENT AGENCY INC
 
3/21/2017
 
78
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
3/17/2017
 
21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE (MEDICINE)
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE INTENSIVE CARE
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED GENERAL
 
LUZERN INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES CORPORATION
 
3/14/2017
 
62
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE RENAL
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE SURGERY/OR
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE THEATRE
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
3/14/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
STAFFHOUSE INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (FORMERLY STAFFHOUSE RESOURC
 
3/13/2017
 
220
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
ANALYST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
 
EDI STAFFBUILDERS INTERNATIONAL INC
 
3/10/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
SURGERY GENERAL
 
CAMOX PHILIPPINES, INC.
 
3/8/2017
 
99
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL
 
GREENFIELDS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES, INC.
 
3/6/2017
 
221
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL
 
GREENFIELDS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES, INC.
 
2/24/2017
 
49
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
2/24/2017
 
25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
RADIOGRAPHER SENIOR
 
INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL & MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC (IPAMS)
 
2/23/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE GENERAL
 
JS CONTRACTOR INCORPORATED
 
2/21/2017
 
65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
UNIVERSAL STAFFING SVCS., INC.
 
2/21/2017
 
220
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL
 
GREENFIELDS INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES, INC.
 
2/17/2017
 
61
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE
 
BLAZING STAR INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER SERVICES
 
2/13/2017
 
25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
ABBA PERSONNEL SERVICES INC
 
2/1/2017
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
CHESHAM RECRUITMENT INC.
 
1/23/2017
 
220
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
1/18/2017
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED GENERAL
 
JOBSCONTAQ MANPOWER CORP
 
1/16/2017
 
50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE STAFF
 
ASC GLOBAL RECRUITMENT INC (FORMERLY ARTIST SEARCH CORPORATION)
 
12/29/2016
 
183
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
OMANFIL INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
 
12/27/2016
 
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE (MEDICINE)
 
ORANGE INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT SERVICES INC (FORMERLY INFRACELL PHILIPPIN
 
12/12/2016
 
30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE SURGICAL
 
ORANGE INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT SERVICES INC (FORMERLY INFRACELL PHILIPPIN
 
12/12/2016
 
19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UNITED KINGDOM
 
NURSE REGISTERED
 
MMML RECRUITMENT SERVICES INC    

    

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Crispin Aranda

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Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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