Labor Market: Revolution and Challenges

Faced with the sudden change that the new normal generated in companies, employees are challenged to increase their skills to work remotely, adapt to more flexible contracts and refine their technological skills and cognitive qualities.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Telecommuting has become an everyday occurrence among companies in the region, which have had to adjust to the restrictions imposed by governments due to the outbreak of covid-19.

According to specialists, this is a time for workers to analyze the hard and soft skills that the market will require and learn them, or improve them if they already possess them. Ideally, in this context of social distancing, it is important to take advantage of online training options.

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Waldo Tapia, senior pension specialist at the Labor Markets Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Panama, explained to that "... The world of work is changing radically and both workers and companies are going to have to adapt. There are occupations and tasks that are changing. While the tourism sector is laying off staff, there are others that are becoming a genuine channel for temporary employment. So, in the face of this uncertain future that the pandemic brings, many workers are going to have to adapt, update and re-equip themselves to return to the labor market."

Regarding the profile of employees sought by the companies, Claudia Escobar, manager of ManpowerGroup in Panama, said that "... Companies are looking for people with better reasoning skills, problem solving and teamwork, as well as skills such as oral and written communication."

In the current scenario, it is predicted that the labor market will increase the offers of temporary proposals for projects and with more flexible salaries, Escobar explained to the weekly.

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