Of all companies, 20% plans to hire staff during 2010, according to a Manpower survey.
"The region of Puntarenas and Limon is the most optimistic, with a net trend of +26%, while the most pessimistic one is Heredia", reported Nacion.com.
The survey was conducted in 35 countries, and placed Costa Rica 5th as the country with better employment expectations, highlighting communications and transportation as the industries which expect to hire most personnel in 2010.
The recruitment company needs 1,200 people with fluent English to work in customer service positions in a Costa Rican call center.
"We are pleased with the positive signs shown by our market for creating new jobs", commented Julio Méndez, head of Manpower Costa Rica. He was explaining that the 1,200 new posts strengthen the trend indicated in the third quarter results of its survey of employment expectations. According to the results, 24% of Costa Rican businesses are optimistic about their plans to hire more staff in the coming months.
There has been a rise in the number of firms reporting difficulties in recruiting qualified staff, especially technicians, engineers and sales managers.
In one year the number of companies who said they found it difficult to fill vacancies grew by 11%, according to figures from a survey carried out by the human resources firm Manpower, which states that "... five out of 10 employers looking for talent have had difficulties filling vacancies in 2014. "
Companies are struggling to find employees with skills in information technology, programming and networking, electricity, processing and assembly of medical parts.
The Talent Shortage study (2014) by Manpower notes that "... 51% of the 620 Costa Rican employers surveyed said they can not find suitable professionals to perform the tasks required by their company." The main cause, according to the contractors, is lack of technical skills.
Engineers in different specialties, sales representatives and administrative assistants, who are all fluent in English, are those most in demand.
The Talent Shortage Survey, conducted by ManpowerGroup Costa Rica among 620 employers, found that in the case of university courses "engineering (with their different emphases) is the only one that stands out in the list of jobs in demand this year ... ", reported Nacion.com.
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.
The human resources consulting firm Manpower will hold its first regional employment fair April 24-26. It hopes to fill 400 vacancies for technicians and professionals for its local and international clients.
Participating countries include Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republica. The fair will take place simultaneously in the Manpower offices of the seven countries.
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.
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.
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.
In the last few years, there has been a pronounced change in the Costa Rican economy with more jobs going to bilingual people who are technically skilled or have a specialized profile.
The Costa Rican economy's globalized approach, accentuated in promoting exports and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) has diversified and expanded demand for a workforce specializing in technology, industrial engineering, electricity, electromechanics, mechatronics and in administration certifications and English language as prerequisites for added value. Companies have also changed the weight they give to applicants, now giving 60% to knowledge and 40% to skills.
48% of employers cannot meet their skilled labor needs, said a Manpower survey.
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.
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.