Shortage of Qualified Labor in Costa Rica

48% of employers cannot meet their skilled labor needs, said a Manpower survey.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

According to the survey, Peru (56%), Costa Rica (48%) and Mexico (44%), are the countries where employers find it hardest to meet skilled jobs needs, whereas employers in the U.S. (19%), Guatemala (20%) and Canada (24%) reported the least problems.

"12.300 employers from the continent participated in the study, and they indicated that the most difficult positions to hire for are technicians, production operators and accounting and finance personnel", published newspaper La Prensa Libre.

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