Skilled manpower hard to find amid Costa Rica's building boom

The Costa Rican construction industry faces a shortage of skilled manpower. The shortage, which is particularly acute on the coasts, is being blamed for overruns on contracts.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The boom in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas took local labor markets by surprise.
Companies in many cases have been forced to take on workers without the requisite skills, leading to fears that quality might be compromised. The Federal College of Engineers and Architects has carried out studies that indicate shortcomings in several projects.

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The large infrastructure projects that have been announced will need to import human resources according to the demand created by such works.

The new container terminal in Moin, the extension of Route 32 and the new refinery are the new projects that are coming to the province.

Overcoming the Shortage of Qualified Employees

May 2012

There are plenty of applicants for the posts, but there are few who are really qualified to meet the demands of each job.

A study entitled 'Lack of Talent 2011' by the firm Manpower Group shows that 30% of companies in Costa Rica say they have trouble finding certain types of staff such as technicians, salesmen and secretaries with the required skills.

Lack of Aviation Mechanics in Panama

May 2011

The supply of technical manpower is not growing as fast as the demand from companies in the country.

The lack of aviation mechanics, surveyors, welders and other technical specialists has forced some companies to hire foreign staff.

Such is the case for Singapore Technologies Aerospace, with operations in the Panama-Pacific Howard Special Economic Area and which needs about 100 aviation mechanics a year to maintain the fleet.

Panama's Achilles Heel: Lack of Qualified Labor

April 2011

Available candidates lack communication skills, arrive late to interviews, submit poorly written resumes, or resign shortly after being hired.

By the end of this year, several multinational companies will open up shop in Panama and will help the economy grow at 7%, as long as they are able to find skilled, proactive and responsible candidates, capable of selling their selves at job interviews.

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