Monthly Archives: January 2013

POEA Urges Overstaying OFWs in UAE to Avail of Amnesty

POEA Issued a press release on January 2, 2012.

According to Secretary of Labor and Employment, Rosalinda Dimapilis – Baldoz, overstaying Overseas Filipino Workers can now avail of a two month amnesty that is being granted by the Abu Dhabi government.

Overstaying OFWs can visit any Residency Department across UAE to obtain exit visas and leave the country without having to pay any penalty.

The amnesty is available until February 4, 2013.

There are an estimated 209, 000 OFWs staying in UAE.

Middle East: Job Market Outlook in 2013

Happy New Year to all Filipinos who are already working abroad. For Filipinos hoping to get a job overseas this year, don’t worry there are always jobs available. Though some countries have been banned by the POEA because of political instability, it doesn’t mean that the jobs have disappeared. There is always work available.

For 2013 here is the job market outlook in the Middle East.

UAE will be one of the top destinations for OFWs because of it’s steady economic growth. Especially with the economic recovery of Dubai. If you remember Dubai was hit by an economic slump in 2009 but after that year Dubai has posted steady GDP growth rate: 2.8 percent growth in 2010 and 3.4 percent growth in 2011.

And in 2013 Dubai is expected to continue this rate so expect more jobs coming from Dubai.

The political instability in some middle eastern countries have actually benefited the whole UAE. Peace and order and personal safety issues in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria have forced the upper class citizens of these countries to escape to more stable countries.

As a result the real estate sector in UAE which was slumping has suddenly experienced growth.

The tourism sector has experienced growth as tourist who used to visit Egypt have transferred to UAE instead.

This means more jobs for OFWs in the construction industry and tourism sector.

Lastly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continuous to post steady economic growth. It was reported that the countries economy grew by almost 6% in the 3rd Quarter of 2012. So expect steady jobs coming from Saudi Arabia.

Again, Happy New Year and Good luck on your job applications this 2013.