Shortage of Qualified Labor in Guatemala

Employers indicate greater difficulty in finding skilled labor.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

According to a study by Manpower, 36% of surveyed employers revealed difficulties this year in getting qualified employees, while in 2009 the figure was 20%.

"The immediate problem is not the number of potential candidates, but rather the shortage of talent, because not enough people are sufficiently qualified," Prensalibre.com published.

Manpower analyst, Mynor Navichoque, said there was a lack of communication between the productive sector and the education system. The country has trained professionals which are no longer required in the labor market.



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