Call Centers Continue to Grow

In Panama, as in the whole region, the obstacle to higher growth is the lack of qualified personnel.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The wage of a worker in a call center is three times the minimum wage on average, and it can be five times the minimum wage in some countries in the region.

The problem is the shortage of personnel with the necessary English language proficiency, which prevents the industry from growing at a faster rate than the current one.

In an analysis of the subject done by Michelle Domínguez in Pa-Digital.com article, she stated that in Panama, "according to Joseph Fidanque III, president of Star Contact Call Center, the biggest challenge in this type of business is acquiring qualified personnel. The English language industry in the country could be five times greater, said the entrepreneur."

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