According to the Executive Director of AMCHAM (Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce), Carolina Castellanos, the base of applicants for management positions that it maintains to support its associates grew in the sector of executives in search of jobs from 2% in December 2008 to 20% in March 2009.
Fernando Quinonez, related in an article in SigloXXI that the partner in charge of Human Resources for Deloitte, Walter Martínez, indicated that the AMCHAM data base “is a good barometer for what the managerial job demand is because it is the forum approached for the most part by middle managers and executives, and they were able to perceive a significant increase in job application submissions for this segment."
In Guatemala, employment is decreasing while the number of job seekers is increasing.
La Prensa Libre of Guatemala published recent data on the labor market in an article.
According to the consultancy firm Manpower, hiring for the second quarter is expected to be -1, meaning that more jobs will be lost than those that are created, and job requests have increased between 45% and 50% when compared to the same period in 2008.
In the first quarter of 2010, exports grew 18% when compared to the same period of 2009.
Data from the U.S. Commerce Department shows that Guatemalan imports also increased 9%.
Carolina Castellanos, head of AmCham, the Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce, explained that the leader of this rebound was the textile industry, which had “fallen to the ground” in 2009, reported Sigloxxi.com.