Guatemala: Stable Expectations for Recruitment

The sector with the best availability for hiring staff is Construction, with a Net Employment Outlook of +19%.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

From the Report Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q4:

Employers expect to increase their workforces during the next three months in all sectors. The most optimistic hiring expectations are reported in construction with a Net Employment Outlook of +19%. A stable hiring pace is expected in both trade and services, where trends of +15% were reported. Additionally, employers of Transport and Communications services reported favorable hiring plans with a trend of +14% and Manufacturing sector employers plan to increase their payrolls significantly with a trend of +13%.

In quarterly comparison, the tendency is strengthened in four of the six sectors. Improvements of 6 percentage points are reported in both the Commerce and in Agriculture, Fishing, Mining and Quarrying and the trend is 2 percentage points stronger in the manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, employment prospects have weakened in two sectors including transport and communications, with a decrease of 2 percentage points.

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Optimism in Manufacturing and Services Sectors in Panama

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Panamanian employers predict that in the last four months of 2013 the trend for employment in manufacturing will be 40%.

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Costa Rica: Optimism in Recruitment

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For the fourth quarter of 2012 the most optimistic hiring plans have been reported by the transport and communications sector, with a Net Employment Outlook of +27%.

From the Report by Manpower, Employment Outlook Survey for Q4:

Employers in all six sectors expect an increase in their workforces during the fourth quarter of 2012.

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