Employment Outlook in Costa Rica

Costa Rican employers report favorable hiring plans for the third quarter of 2018. 13% of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 4% anticipate a decrease, 82% forecast no change and 1% don’t know.

Friday, June 15, 2018

From a report by the ManpowerGroup :

Comparison by Region

An increase of the workforce is expected in the six regions during 3Q 2018. The strongest hiring rate is expected in Heredia, where the Net Employment Outlook is + 20%. Employers in Guanacaste also report an increase in hiring intentions with  + 18%, while trends of + 12% are reported in the Alajuela and Puntarenas & Limón regions.

On the other hand, employers in San José foresee a moderate increase in their workforce, reporting a trend of + 10%, while the weakest trend of + 4% is reported in Cartago compared to the previous quarter, hiring intentions increased in five regions, with Guanacaste and Heredia going up by 7 and 6 percentage points, respectively. Moderate increases of 4 and 3 percentage points are reported in Puntarenas & Limón and in Alajuela, respectively. However, the Tendency for Cartago decreased by 11 percentage points.

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From a report by the ManpowerGroup:

Comparison by Region

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From the ManpowerGroup report: 

Comparative by Region

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