Telecomm Hiring on Hold in Costa Rica

The opening of the telecomm market in Costa Rica is expected to generate 3.500 jobs, but companies are not yet hiring, as the opening process has not been realized.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Many hiring processes have been stalled due to red tape delays, which include appeals, mistakes and a license awarding process still in “draft” state.

An article by María Marta Salazar Muñoz in Elfinancierocr.com notes that companies such as “C&W and America Movil (Claro), have already hired staff in the country”, even though it is not known which mobile telephony companies will operate in Costa Rica. The article also recommends companies to include safeguards in their job contracts, to be able to suspend them in case of further delays in the opening process.



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