Guatemala: Recruitment Expectations for 2020

After in the fourth quarter of 2019, 15% of companies reported that they planned to increase their payrolls, for the first quarter of 2020 this proportion drops to 12%.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Guatemalan employers report moderate hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2020. With 12% of employers expecting an increase in their workforces, 5% predicting a decrease and 83% remaining unchanged, reported Manpower.

The document states that "... Employers in four of the five regions forecast increases in their workforces for the period from January to March. The strongest hiring intentions are reported at the Center, where the Net Employment Trend is +10%. In the West, employers anticipate a slight rate of hiring, reporting a +6% trend, while in the North and East the Trends are +3%. However, employers in the South expect to reduce their workforces, reporting a Trend of -2%.

An increase in the workforce is expected in five of the six industrial sectors during the first quarter of 2020. Employers in the Construction sector expect a strong hiring pace, reporting a Net Employment Trend of +14%. Stable hiring expectations are reflected in the Services and Communications & Transport sectors, with +10% Trends, while Trends stand at +6% and +5% in the Manufacturing and Trade sectors, respectively. However, employers in the Agriculture, Fishing, Mining & Extraction sector report a Trend of 0%.

An increase in workforces in three of the four company sizes is expected during the first quarter of 2020. Large companies highlight a Net Employment Trend of +26%, while Trends of +8% and +5% are reported by Medium and Small companies, respectively. However, Microenterprises expect to reduce their labor force, reporting a Trend of -2%."

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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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