Costa Rica: 50% of Companies Cant Find Technical Talent

Companies are struggling to find employees with skills in information technology, programming and networking, electricity, processing and assembly of medical parts.

Monday, April 13, 2015

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.

Moreover, according to a survey by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises (Uccaep) "... professionals graduating from universities will be hired the least this year. In contrast, technicians and semi-skilled workers are almost twice as likely to get a job. " "... Besides this technicians are in the group of the most sought after by employers, and are also among the last that an employer would fire if they have to cut staff this year. "



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