Number of Filipino workers in Qatar decreasing

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FilipinoWorkersThe number of  Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar has been decreasing since 2012, partly because of the Philippine government’s imposition of a $400  minimum wage for Filipina housemaids, Qatar’s Gulf Times reported.

This also affected other categories of OFWs who wanted to work in the country. The embassy noted a reduction in the number of visas available for applicants in the Philippines and those who were seeking employment locally.

The  number of Filipina housemaids has remained stagnant, but many had returned to the Philippines for good. But this group of workers still constitutes the biggest number of Filipino expatriates in Qatar, according to figures given by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila .

POEA, a  government agency, said that as per its record, there were about 18,018 documented housemaids in Qatar as per 2012, which was 38.3 per cent of the total 47,078 OFWs registered. But this figure does not include Filipinos  who arrived in Qatar on family visit and visit visas, were able to find jobs there but did not register.

After housemaids, the second largest group on the POEA list were  2,099 waiters, bartenders and others with similar jobs (4.5 per cent), followed by plumbers and pipe fitters which totalled 1,835 (3.9 per cent). Filipino nurses are on the ninth position with 618 (1.3 per cent) working in private and government-owned hospitals, including those at the Hamad Medical Corporation. However, the actual figures of Filipino nurses in the country is much higher.

The rest of the categories include workers and cleaners, wiremen and electrical technicians, carpenters, joiners and parquetry workers, bricklayers, stonemasons and tile setters, labourers and helpers and supervisors, production and general foremen.

The Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Qatar is urging all  Filipino expatriates who were hired locally to register at their office for proper documentation.

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The number of  Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar has been decreasing since 2012, partly because of the Philippine government’s imposition of a $400  minimum wage for Filipina housemaids, Qatar’s Gulf Times reported.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

FilipinoWorkersThe number of  Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar has been decreasing since 2012, partly because of the Philippine government’s imposition of a $400  minimum wage for Filipina housemaids, Qatar’s Gulf Times reported.

This also affected other categories of OFWs who wanted to work in the country. The embassy noted a reduction in the number of visas available for applicants in the Philippines and those who were seeking employment locally.

The  number of Filipina housemaids has remained stagnant, but many had returned to the Philippines for good. But this group of workers still constitutes the biggest number of Filipino expatriates in Qatar, according to figures given by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila .

POEA, a  government agency, said that as per its record, there were about 18,018 documented housemaids in Qatar as per 2012, which was 38.3 per cent of the total 47,078 OFWs registered. But this figure does not include Filipinos  who arrived in Qatar on family visit and visit visas, were able to find jobs there but did not register.

After housemaids, the second largest group on the POEA list were  2,099 waiters, bartenders and others with similar jobs (4.5 per cent), followed by plumbers and pipe fitters which totalled 1,835 (3.9 per cent). Filipino nurses are on the ninth position with 618 (1.3 per cent) working in private and government-owned hospitals, including those at the Hamad Medical Corporation. However, the actual figures of Filipino nurses in the country is much higher.

The rest of the categories include workers and cleaners, wiremen and electrical technicians, carpenters, joiners and parquetry workers, bricklayers, stonemasons and tile setters, labourers and helpers and supervisors, production and general foremen.

The Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Qatar is urging all  Filipino expatriates who were hired locally to register at their office for proper documentation.

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