Recruitment Expectations for 2019

In the first quarter of next year, 14% of the business sector in Guatemala plans to increase its contracting, mainly in the construction, services and manufacturing sectors.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

From the ManPowerGroup report:

Guatemalan employers report positive hiring plans for the next quarter, with 14% of employers expecting to increase their workforces, 4% anticipating a decrease and 82% remaining unchanged, resulting in a Net Employment Trend of +10%.

An increase in workforces is expected for four of the five regions during the next quarter. The strongest hiring rate is forecast at the Centre, where a +13% Net Employment Trend is reported. Moderate hiring plans are expected for the West and East, with +8% and +7% Trends, respectively, while in the South the Trend remains at +5%. However, employers in the North report uncertain hiring plans with a -1% trend.

Employers in all 6 industrial sectors expect their workforces to increase during the next quarter. The strongest hiring rate is expected in Construction where the Net Employment Trend is +16%. Services forecasts a stable contracting rhythm with a +12% trend. For the Manufacturing and Communications & Transport sectors, Trends of +10% and +9%, respectively, are unchanged. While Trade employers expect the weakest hiring plans with a +3% trend, Agriculture, Fishing, Mining & Extraction also reports limited hiring plans with a +4% trend.

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