South Korea to Start Hiring Filipino Caregivers

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) of the Philippines and the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) of Korea have jointly announced the commencement of the 2024 Pilot Foreign Caregiver Program. This initiative aims to address the growing need for caregiving assistance in Korean households while providing employment opportunities for Filipino nationals.

To qualify as a caregiver under this program, candidates must attain a minimum score of 55 out of 100 points in a Korean language test. Following this, a selected number of candidates will proceed to the next round, which includes a physical test and Korean & English interviews. Caregivers will be responsible for assisting children, including infants, and pregnant members of designated families with daily activities such as household management, medication administration, and accompanying children outside the home.

Upon passing the initial examination, candidates must undergo a health checkup at a designated hospital. Those found to have color blindness or other physical conditions that hinder caregiving duties will not be selected. Successful candidates will then advance to the second round, where their overall scores from language tests, physical assessments, and interviews will determine their eligibility for selection.

Selected candidates will undergo additional training in the Philippines before departing for Korea. Upon arrival, they will undergo further job training to prepare them for their caregiving roles. The entire recruitment process is meticulously managed to ensure that only qualified individuals are employed, maintaining high standards of care and professionalism.

The implementation of this pilot program signifies a collaborative effort between the Philippines and Korea to address the increasing demand for caregiving services in Korean households while offering employment opportunities for Filipino nationals. By establishing stringent selection criteria and comprehensive training programs, both countries aim to promote the well-being of caregivers and the individuals they serve, fostering mutually beneficial relationships between caregivers and their employers.