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Thursday, 2 January 2014

While True Brits can't get a job and are getting their Benefits cut, UK firms place 8,000 job adverts in Romania

British companies have placed nearly 8,000 job adverts for Romanians to come and work as taxi drivers, hotel staff, nurses and even doctors.

The adverts – some of which have attracted more than 500 applicants – are written in the local language and have been posted on job-search websites in Romania. Some UK firms require only a ‘basic’ understanding of the English language and others say that previous experience is not necessary.

One advert for ten unskilled bakery workers has received 527 applications from Romanians, even though it does not say where the jobs will be in Britain or how much employees will be paid.
NURSESSalary: £1,250 per month
Location: South-East London
Description: Six months’ experience needed. Must have at least a conversational level of English. Accommodation costs of £250 a month including utilities and council tax will be paid. Includes pension and five and a half weeks of annual leave.
TAXI DRIVERSSalary: £1,400-£2,000 pmLocation: London
Description: Valid driving licence, medium level of English and basic mathematics skills. Applicants should be a minimum age of 25. No driving convictions.
EROTIC DANCERSalary: £4,000-£8,000 pm
Location: Mayfair, London
Description: Table dancing and stage dancing. Working hours are 4pm until 5am, six days a week. Minimum age is 18. Conversational English required.
BUS MECHANICSalary: £25,000-£30,000 a year
Location: Scotland
Description: Previous experience of working on buses is essential. As well as on-going training, you will also benefit from a competitive salary and an excellent working environment.
CARE ASSISTANTSSalary: £260-£500 pm
Location: Bristol and Birmingham
Description: Full-time job. Accommodation included.
BAKERY WORKERSSalary: To be negotiated
Location: Various
Description: Work in a bakery, in production and packaging. No experience necessary. Conversational English required.
Other vacancies include 50 nursing jobs in southern England, 100 taxi drivers, ten GPs in Liverpool, 100 warehouse metallurgists and 20 carpenters in London. There are adverts for carers for the elderly, secretaries, au pairs, butchers, warehouse workers and fruit pickers.

One nightclub in Central London has placed an advert looking for naked dancers. It is offering to pay them between £4,000 and £8,000 a month.

However, many jobs available will pay only the minimum wage of £6.31. This is seven times the minimum hourly rate of 88p in Romania.

Recruitment agencies are advertising jobs in the UK in shop windows across Romania. One advert reads: 
‘From January 1, it will be easier to work in the UK. This is new! There are job vacancies there.’ Alongside the advert sits an image of the Union Flag.
Agencies are holding job fairs across Romania each month in an attempt to lure people to the UK. The firms claim they have already found staff for dozens of UK-based hotel groups including Marriott, Hilton, De Vere and the Pride of Britain consortium, as well as fast-food chains such as KFC and private care homes.

The first recruitment fair in Romania for NHS specialist nurses was held by the University Hospital of South Manchester Trust in Bucharest last month. Valentin Porubin-Lazurca, managing director of VPL Healthcare in Bucharest, one of the recruitment agencies that finds nurses, doctors and pharmacists for the UK, organised the fair.
‘More and more nurses are about to retire in the UK and they will have to recruit from overseas just to cover the replacement rate,’ he said.
‘At the same time there are too few future graduates in the UK.
‘The NHS needs one nurse for every eight beds so it is not rocket science that there will definitely be a need for highly skilled immigrants.’
Mr Porubin-Lazurca said Romanian nurses will become more attractive to British employers from today because they will no longer have to wait up to four months for their work permit to be approved.

More than 62,000 jobs were advertised by British firms in the former Communist country in 2013, up from nearly 42,000 two years earlier.

Raluca Stefanescu, from a job website called Tjobs, said: 
‘Most of the Romanians choose to leave the country for economic reasons and according to our statistics, more than 80 per cent are planning to work abroad for a few years, save some money and came back to buy a house and maybe start a small business.’
The website hosts more than 200 recruitment agencies that find workers for British employers.

It found that demand was greatest for jobs in the hospitality and catering sector, followed by medical services, with 1,471 Romanian nurses registered to work in Britain between April 2010 and March 2013 under an exemption to the previous restrictions.

Other popular fields were cruise ships, restaurants and catering, agriculture, construction, engineering, childcare and elderly care.

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