Analysis of Labor Flexibility in Honduras

The proposal for half-time work hours, part-time work hours and hourly work would generate about 3 thousand new jobs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The proposal, submitted to the government by the National Association of Manufacturers, ANDI, would create jobs in manufacturing, security services and call centers, among others, according to what Alejandro Alvarez, vice president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP) told

An article on the website reported: "University students who would work four hours and then go to class would be used during these new working hours," said [Álvarez].
These employees would be entitled to bonuses, a fourteenth month's salary and paid holidays."

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According to the latest report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) less jobs will be created in 2009 due to the economic crisis. reports: "With growth forecasts of between 2% and 3% compared to the 5% average for the last five years, "the generation of jobs will be not be enough to meet the demand for labor and, hence, the levels of unemployment will probably increase" in the region, according to the Labor Panorama 2008 report".

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