Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has shared news release on their official Facebook page informing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and job seekers that New Zealand is a No Placement Fee Country.
Apart from that, POEA also listed other countries that prohibit collection of placement fees. Please find the details below.
In the news release dated December 19,2014. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the POEA administrator has warned recruitment agencies regarding charging placement fees from job applicants for the said country. He added that poea licensed recruitment agencies are not allowed to charge recruitment or placement fees from OFWs who will work in countries that do not permit it.
Hans Leo Cacdac told that those recruitment agencies that will be found charging fees on no placement fee countries will have to face penalty such as cancellation of license, even those first time offenders. The POEA administrator advised the job applicants to report on their official Facebook page those agencies who will collect placement fees. The official FB page of POEA is www.facebook.com/mypoea (in case you guys do not know). The new POEA hotline number can be read below:
Other countries that prohibit collection of placement fees are the following: United States of America (H2B visa), Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Read the details below:
December 19, 2014
No placement fee for New Zealand jobs
POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac warned recruitment agencies against charging placement fees from job applicants for New Zealand.
Cacdac said licensed recruitment agencies are not allowed to charge recruitment or placement fees from workers deployed to countries that prohibits collection of such fees.
Cacdac said the New Zealand Embassy in the Philippines has validated the existence of New Zealand’s Wages Protection Act of 1983 which disallows employer to “seek or receive any premium in respect of the employment of any person, whether the premium is sought or received from the person employed or proposed to be employed or from any other person”.
Section 3, Rule V, Part II of the POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers provides that a recruitment agency may charge and collect from its hired workers as placement fee, an amount equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation costs, except where the prevailing system where the worker is to be deployed, either by law or practice, does not allow charging or collection of placement and recruitment fee.
Cacdac said the penalty of cancellation of license, even on the first offense, awaits recruitment agencies found charging or collecting placement fee for deployment of OFWs to “no placement fee” countries.
Other countries that have prohibition on collection of placement fees are United States of America (H2B visa), Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Cacdac advised job applicants to report to the POEA through its official Facebook page agencies that collect placement fees for New Zealand jobs and the other countries mentioned above. /END
Interested OFWs and job applicants who want to work in New Zealand should visit POEA website to check the list of licensed recruitment agencies that have valid job orders for NZ.