Guatemala: Demand for Managerial Positions Increases

Due to pessimism and in anticipation of eventual layoffs, the Guatemalan managerial ranks increased their search for alternative jobs.

Monday, March 16, 2009

According to the Executive Director of AMCHAM (Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce), Carolina Castellanos, the base of applicants for management positions that it maintains to support its associates grew in the sector of executives in search of jobs from 2% in December 2008 to 20% in March 2009.

Fernando Quinonez, related in an article in SigloXXI that the partner in charge of Human Resources for Deloitte, Walter Martínez, indicated that the AMCHAM data base “is a good barometer for what the managerial job demand is because it is the forum approached for the most part by middle managers and executives, and they were able to perceive a significant increase in job application submissions for this segment."

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