Costa Rica: Slight Improvement in Recruitment Expectations

Although by the fourth quarter of 2019, 13% of companies are expected to increase their payrolls, the proportion that anticipates a decrease went up to 11%.

Monday, September 16, 2019

13% of employers expect an increase in their workforce, 11% anticipate a decrease and 74% remain unchanged, resulting in a Net Employment Trend of +2%, explains the ManPower report.

The document states that "... Employers in four of the six regions expect increases in their workforces during the next quarter. Heredia employers report the strongest hiring plans with a Net Employment Trend of +10%.

For the next quarter, employers in three of the six industrial sectors expect increases in their workforces. Hiring opportunities are anticipated in the Trade and Services sectors with Net Employment Trends of +8%, while Manufacturing employers expect a moderate hiring pace reporting a +4% Trend. However, employers in three sectors expect to reduce their workforces. The weakest labor market is expected in Agriculture, Fishing, Mining & Extraction with a -7% trend, while Trends of -3% and -2% are reported in the Communications & Transportation and Construction sectors, respectively.

Participating employers are classified according to four organizational sizes: Microenterprises have fewer than 10 employees; Small Businesses have 10 to 49 employees; Medium Businesses have between 50 and 249 employees; and Large Businesses have 250 or more employees.

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Costa Rica: Hiring Expectations

September 2018

For the fourth quarter of 2018, 10% of companies in the country expect to increase their payrolls, 85% do not foresee changes and 4% anticipate a reduction.

From a report by the ManpowerGroup :

Employers in five regions foresee an increase in their workforce during Q4 2018. Employers in Heredia report the strongest hiring intentions with a Net Employment Outlook of + 11%. On the other hand, employers in San José and Cartago report a moderate hiring activity with Trends of + 9%, while the Tendency for Alajuela is located at + 8%. Employers in Guanacaste anticipate a slight increase in their workforce with a Trend of + 4%, however, in Puntarenas & Limón, hiring levels are expected to fall, reporting a Trend of -3% 

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