POEA offers tips to spot fake UK job offers


With the proliferation of fraudulent recruitment in the internet for supposed jobs in the United Kingdom, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advised jobseekers to be wary of the modus operandi of scammers and offered tips in dealing with such offers.

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac issued the following tips to determine whether an offer of job in UK is real or a scam:

On job offers

– Genuine UK companies are registered and can be checked on www.companieshouse.goc.uk

– Genuine UK companies would not give a mobile number for contact details

– Most genuine UL companies would not use a hotmail, yahoo or gmail email accounts

– The British Government does not send unsolicited emails with job offers. Government vacancies are advertised on www.careers-civilservice.gov.uk

– For Filipino jobseekers, check with the POEA whether the employer has approved job orders, and advise prospective UK employers to submit the original copies of their employment documents to the POLO Office, Philippine Embassy in London for verification and authentication.


On visa issuance, fees, and procedure

– The new UK Points-Based Immigration System has done away with the requirement of the old ‘work permit’ which is now replaced by the ‘certificate of sponsorship’. To be able to issue a certificate of sponsorship in favor of a candidate or applicant, the prospective UK employer should be duly licensed as a sponsor by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

– Jobseekers should verify the status of their prospective employers in the list of sponsors which can be found at the UKBA website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

– The UKBA has stopped issuing visas for overseas domestic workers including nannies, drivers, gardeners and other household workers. Thus, it does not allow the hiring of new overseas domestic workers

– Visa fees are not paid in the UK

– There are no additional visa fees or fees for additional services such as travel insurance, medical examination, police checks or home land security checks

– For Filipinos:  The British Embassy does not issue Au Pair visas to Filipino nationals. The Philippines had never been included in the UK’s list of Au Pair countries. The Au Pair visa scheme had already been abolished and has been replaced by the Youth Mobility Scheme under the new UK Points- Based System. Also, visas for Filipino who wish to enter UK are processed in the Philippines, not in the UK. Visa fees are not paid in the UK. All visa fees are paid in partner banks in the Philippines


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