Which Workers are Needed by Businesses in Costa Rica

In the last few years, there has been a pronounced change in the Costa Rican economy with more jobs going to bilingual people who are technically skilled or have a specialized profile.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Costa Rican economy's globalized approach, accentuated in promoting exports and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) has diversified and expanded demand for a workforce specializing in technology, industrial engineering, electricity, electromechanics, mechatronics and in administration certifications and English language as prerequisites for added value. Companies have also changed the weight they give to applicants, now giving 60% to knowledge and 40% to skills.

"However, the paradox is that companies can not fill the positions they need to. A Manpower Group study in 2013 reported that 40% of companies in Costa Rica faced difficulties in filling vacancies. That is to say labor supply does not match the demand from corporations. One company that confirms this need is Zollner Electronics, which will open an assembly plant for integrated circuit cards next September in the free zone of Cartago La Lima. Its CEO Octavio Matus, said that the profiles they want to hire focus on those areas. "

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