Expectations for Job Hires in 2018

For the first quarter of 2018, 24% of companies in Costa Rica expect to increase their payrolls, 71% do not foresee changes and 4% anticipate a reduction.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

From the ManpowerGroup report: 

Comparative by Region
Employers of the six regions foresee an increase in their workforce for the following quarter. The strongest hiring plans are reported in Heredia, where employers report a Net Employment Outlook of + 22%.   

Employers in Alajuela report an increase in their hiring intentions with a Trend of + 20%, on the other hand Trends for Puntarenas & Limón and San José are + 17% and + 16% respectively.  A favorable increase is also expected in Guanacaste, with a trend of + 15%, and Cartago, where the trend remains at + 13%. 

Comparison by Sector
Employers foresee an increase in their workforce for the following quarter.  Net Employment Trends stronger than + 20% are reported in the Manufacturing and Services sectors.

On the other hand, employers in Communications & Transports and Trade report moderate hiring intentions with Trends of + 16% and + 15% , respectively.  The Construction sector expects moderate increases in its workforce, reporting a Trend of + 13%, while the Trend for Agriculture, Fisheries, Mining & Extraction remains at + 10%. 

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