The words "fixed" and "stable" are not exactly what you would expect to hear from young twentysomethings, supposedly eager for challenges, opportunities and adventures.However, in Costa Rica, a survey carried out by Universum indicates that most college students are looking for a job for life in a state institution.
The country's labor problems could be solved by developing an immigration policy that allows skilled foreign workers to work and also train panamanians.
In his opinion piece Rene Quevedo notes the difficulties facing the Panamanian labor market due to a lack of national technical professionals and because of a preference for adult workers over young people with little experience and training.
A professional degree used to be a guarantee of social mobility and prestige, but the current labour market pays little for some of them.
The labor market can be compared to the commercial market. Salaries are defined by the evolution of supply and demand. When supply is greater than demand, salaries are lowered and when demand is greater than supply, wages rise.
Faced with the offensive represented by Barack Obama's immigration reform project , Central American countries must strengthen their own policies in order to retain their most valuable and scarce human capital.
Elnuevoherald.com reports that " President Barack Obama's immigration reform plan includes a large increase in visas for foreign students graduating in science and engineering, which will pose a huge challenge for China, India and Latin America: these emerging countries will have to get their act together if they want to retain their best brains, or suffer the highest brain drain in recent history. "
The tender conditions required proven experience, technical expertise, trained personnel and accreditation in security operations.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "Interamerican Investment & Development Corporation (II & DC), a company that won the tender to improve prison infrastructure in ten departments worth Q543.1 million, was created in Nevada, United States two years ago, with a capital of U.S. $75,000 (about Q589,500). The contract is the most onerous than the state has awarded so far this year. "
More professionals and technicians are needed to meet demand for specialists with the opening of the country's mobile telephony sector.
The shortage was envisaged by specialists consulted by El Financiero. They believe that the current supply of cell phone market professionals and technical experts will not be sufficient to cover the demand created by the market opening, both in terms of the number of specialists, years of experience and their level of expertise.
Data analyzed from the latest Job Fair organized by El Salvador's Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Ministry for Employment, indicate that attendees qualifications, technical understanding and level of English were often below that sought by hiring companies.
The market demands more IT professionals than available, and the problem is expected to grow.
Enrique Bonilla, vice president of the Panamanian Technology Chamber (Capatec), discussed a study conducted with the Technology Ministry (Senacyt) which determined that local universities have low enrollment levels in IT careers.
Experience and professional background are once again being sought in the labor market.
According to laestrella.com.pa, "Gray hairs are valuable once again," commented Pablo Bernard, country manager for Spencer Stuart. Like with Bernard, many high level personnel selection firms have started the year attending a growing demand for experienced and capable executives to deal with the difficulties that will arise during the next few months. Shareholders and companies need confidence."
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