ISRAEL is hiring at least 2,500 Filipino hotel housekeepers, and they want them deployed as soon as possible, the Philippine Embassy in Tel-Aviv reported.
“As Israel reopens its tourism industry, allows the entry of both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, and eases its travel and health restrictions, its hotel sector will require a full work force to cater to the expected influx of tourists to the Holy Land,” the Embassy said.
In 2020, a month before the pandemic, some 4.5 million tourists all over the world came to Israel during the Holy Week. Half of these tourists were Christian pilgrims.
This is the reason both Manila and Tel Aviv are working double-time to process the papers of 500 Filipino hotel/hostel workers in the first week of April, ahead of Passover and Holy Week.
Philippine Ambassador Macairog Alberto met with the Israel Hotel Association officials on March 14 and was told the hotels in Israel are ready to hire additional 800 Filipino workers, which will then be increased to 2,000 workers “at the earliest opportunity.”
“During the meeting, IHA said its members may require up to 10,000 laborers,” the Embassy added.
Filipinos who wish to apply must register at the web site of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) www.poea.gov.ph or www.onlineservices.poea.gov.ph. There will be no recruitment agencies involved, as the project is under the 2018 Philippines-Israel labor agreement for a government-to-government arrangement for deployment of Filipino hotel workers for Israel.
Minimum wage for a hotel housekeeper is 5,300 NIS (around P86,000), but the worker needs to pay for his/her 10-percent income tax, 125 NIS medical insurance, 568 NIS housing, as well as other expenses like food, telephone and travel. To be able to register, applicants must: have 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.
According to the POEA web site, those who have already applied and were included in the random selection but were not yet given contracts will be given priority. Hotel workers with contracts that were canceled due to Covid-19 need not also re-apply.
“IHA also praised the Filipino workers’ professionalism, English proficiency, and work ethic,” the Embassy said.
Ambassador Alberto proposed that Israeli hotels also take in Filipino students on on-the-job training programs. “The IHA positively received and committed to consider after the initial deployment of Filipino workers have been accomplished,” the Embassy added.