Manpower's Employer Expectations survey asked 620 businesses about their recruitment objectives and 75% responded that had no plan to increase their workforce while 8% foresaw the need to let people go.
Eric Quesada, Manpower's regional director, told Elperiodico.com.gt that companies in north and eastern Guatemala display most optimism.
For the first quarter of 2017 22% of the business sector plans to hire more staff, mainly in the sectors of manufacturing, trade and services.
From a statement issued by ManpowerGroup Guatemala:
Guatemala, December 13, 2016-According to the Survey Manpower Employment Outlook for 1Q 2017 published today in Guatemala, employers report optimistic hiring plans for the period from January to March.With 22% of employers expecting to increase their levels of recruitment, 6% anticipating a decrease, 70% staying the same and 2% who did not know, the Net Employment Outlook is + 16% once the seasonal adjustment has been made.The survey reveals an increase in hiring prospects of 7 percentage points in quarterly comparison and by 1 percentage point in annual comparison.
For the second quarter of 2010, Guatemalan employers are optimistic, and those in Panama and Costa Rica are very optimistic.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today, reveals a favorable hiring environment for the second quarter of 2010, with employers anticipating opportunities for Guatemalan jobseekers to remain similar to those reported in the first quarter of the year.
Cautious signals of improvement are detected in Guatemala and Costa Rica regarding hiring for the fourth quarter of 2009.
Manpower's Hiring Expectations survey found that in Guatemala, three out of four employers won't change their payrolls in the last three months of 2009, and they will try to retain the workers they have.
Employers have a positive employment expectations until the end of the year; it has improved by two percentage point compared to the previous quarter.
This data comes from a survey on Employment Expectations by Manpower that was released this week.
"Of all the employers surveyed, 33% expect that their labor force will grow, 4% expect it to decrease, 61% expect no change and 2% have not made up their minds about their employment plans for October-December," the report said.
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