The results of the Business Competence Index 2009 for Panama, conducted by consultants at Goethals Consulting through a survey of 200 large Panamanian companies, reveals the lack of competence of the Panamanian college system, according to Prensa.com, lawyer Ramón Barreiro, a member of the multi-disciplinary team that did the study.
According to the article on the website, the lawyer commented that “The companies…perceive that the academic offerings of the national universities aren’t up-to-date or able to meet corporate demands and they prefer to contract professionals with foreign education backgrounds for upper management.”
Simply paying more is not enough, instead specific needs of each worker should be addressed, such as flexible schedules, teleworking and services such as child care and fitness.
Participating in the Forum on Human Resources by Capital Financiero entitled "Keys to Success in Retaining Talent," were Juan Planells, former director of the National Institute of Vocational Training for Human Development (Inadeh); Alberto Saenz, director of PwC Consulting, and human resource manager of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Procter & Gamble and Dell, Jose Rivera, and David Cabrera Enrique Salgado, respectively, who addressed this issue.
Irish online recruiter Saongroup.com has expanded its operations to central America with the acquisition of Tecoloco.com.
The Irish recruiter, which is jointly owned by telecoms entrepreneur Denis O'Brien and Cork businessman Leslie Buckley, is believed to have paid more than $3 million (€2.05 million) to acquire the business although no price was disclosed.
In the last few years, there has been a pronounced change in the Costa Rican economy with more jobs going to bilingual people who are technically skilled or have a specialized profile.
The Costa Rican economy's globalized approach, accentuated in promoting exports and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) has diversified and expanded demand for a workforce specializing in technology, industrial engineering, electricity, electromechanics, mechatronics and in administration certifications and English language as prerequisites for added value. Companies have also changed the weight they give to applicants, now giving 60% to knowledge and 40% to skills.
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