You may have heard a lot of myths about recruiting Filipino workers. You can get tangled up in red tape, mismatched candidates and cultural issues – but here are the facts.
- Relying on CV’s and skype calls is not enough.
- CV’s may not be written by the candidate.
- You may be reading somebody else’s experience. I have seen many identical CV’s with different names at the top.
- You need an independent assessment.
2. Your understanding of “Productivity” is different to a Filipino’s
- Filipino’s are hard workers and are sought after globally.
- While they might provide great value for a Middle Eastern employer at $9,000 per year, for an Australian wage they need to perform differently.
- Filipino’s can deliver the required result. However, you need a proper assessment to guarantee it.
3. Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) assessment
- Cost is $2,000 and is required for many trades to gain entry to Australia.
- Without proper coaching, candidates may fail – an expensive outcome in both time and money.
4. International English Literacy Testing System (IELTS)
- This is often a difficult test; even though many Filipinos speak English there are varying levels of competency.
- Some candidate’s are exempt. Other candidates require IELTS to gain entry to Australia. There are rules about how exemptions work.
- If the test is required, know your candidates English standard. Coaching by qualified IELTS teachers is essential.
5. Visa approval takes time.
- Visas and all of the appropriate paperwork can take time – often months.
- Will your candidate wait?
- Filipinos are generally financially poor and may not be able to wait for a TRA, IELTS or a Visa.
- Strong local support ensures this does not become a problem. All red tape, waiting times and paperwork can be reduced with expert local guidance.