As Israel’s tourism industry reopens, allowing both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors in, as well as loosening travel and health restrictions, the hotel industry will require a full workforce to handle the expected influx of tourists to the Holy Land.
Around 4.5 million tourists from all over the world visited Israel during Holy Week in 2020, a month before the epidemic, according to statistics.
This is why Macairog Alberto, the Philippine Ambassador to Israel, met with officials from the Israel Hotel Association (IHA) on March 14 to discuss joint efforts to expedite the deployment of the first batch of 500 Filipino hotel workers, which is set to take place next month, in the first week of April 2022, just in time for Passover and Holy Week.
IHA indicated that its members may require up to 10,000 personnel, and that it is willing to hire an additional 800 Filipino hotel workers, bringing the total number of Filipino hotel workers to 2,000.
The IHA also lauded the Filipino workers’ professionalism, English skills, and work ethic.
Alberto, on the other hand, assured IHA that the Embassy is collaborating closely with the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), as well as Israeli labor and immigration officials, to ensure that Filipino workers are deployed in Israel as soon as possible.
The minimum wage for a hotel housekeeper is 5,300 NIS (about P86,000), but the worker must also pay a 10% income tax, 125 NIS medical insurance, 568 NIS housing, and additional expenditures such as food, phone, and transport.
- Have a NCII Certification on Housekeeping;
- Be at least 25 years old;
- Physically and mentally healthy;
- Have good command of English;
- Do not have parent, spouse or children working or residing in Israel and;
- Have never worked previously in Israel.
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
- National Certificate Level 2 (NC II Housekeeping) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) or UMID Common Reference Number (CRN)
- Philippine Passport (must be valid for atleast three (3) years)
- The printed copy of the Worker’s Information Sheet or the E-registration form.
According to the POEA website, those who have already applied and were included in the random selection but have not yet been allocated contracts will be given priority. Hotel employees whose contracts were terminated due to Covid-19 are not required to reapply.
This project is covered by the 2018 Philippine-Israel bilateral labor agreement for a government-to-government arrangement for the deployment of Filipino hotel workers to Israel, which implies no recruitment agency will be involved.
The labor agreement was signed during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s official visit to Israel in September 2018, and it will go into effect in December 2020, with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) launching nationwide recruitment campaigns in the Philippines.
How to Apply
For all the applicants who wish to apply, you may register by clicking this link POEAOnlineServices.
For further inquiries, you may visit POEA centers/offices together with the required documents you will need to submit. You may click this link for the reference of POEA centers/offices
POEA – Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
Source: Business Mirror