Guatemala: Call centers need more bilingual employees

The expansion of Digitex, 24/7 Customer, Transactel, Staffers, Red Ventures, and Genpact is triggering an increase in the demand for bilingual workers and at the same time is causing salaries in the sector to rise.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More personnel with a good level of English are needed.
Mario Marroquin, Director of Invest (an agency in Guatemala), points out that it is necessary to transform the national education curriculum to include English courses. A meeting is to be held with the Minister of Education to discuss including English in the primary education.

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The call center industry is finding it hard to grow, due to lack of qualified bilingual personnel.

From every 7 individuals who apply for a Call Center job, just one has an English Language level of 85% or above. The remaining 6 display a skill level of 70%.

Beatriz Peralta, Sykes general manager, told Elsalvador.com that “these deficiencies limit the growth of the industry.

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It is increasingly common for companies to look for accountants, managers, engineers, architects and technicians who are bilingual.

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Guatemala Wants More Call Centers

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There are appeals to make teaching English obligatory and to encourage cooperation between private enterprises and the government in order to make the country more attractive to the contact center industry, and generate more jobs.

The Government and the private sector aim to create a common initiative to attract more call centers companies, and create 50,000 new jobs for young people, mainly in the next few years ahead, said Elperiodico.com. Call centers already employ some 15,000 young people.

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