Costa Rica Now Offering More Jobs But What Are Your Chances of Employment?
There's good news waiting for you if you are looking to nab a job in Costa Rica.
Consulting firm Manpower released an Employment Outlook Survey on Tuesday. The report indicated that Costa Rican employers are planning to hire more workers between April and June of this year, specifically in the communications and transportation sectors.
Communication and transport fields have a 21 percent employment prospect, with construction following behind at 18 percent and trade with 10 percent.
The study surveyed 622 companies across Costa Rica between January to February.
The survey also found that 71 percent of employers plan on maintaining staff levels while 23 percent expect to hire more staff. As for those anticipating layoffs, only 6 percent of the employers believe so.
In addition, the study stated that 38 percent of large companies are planning to hire new staff while 22 percent of small and medium firms have plans to hire. Only 14 percent of micro ones are onboard to employ new employees.
Percentage of Hires Expected by Region
Listed below are the percentages of new hires expected by regions in Costa Rica:
Alajuela - 19 percent
Heredia - 19 percent
Puntarenas - 17 percent
Limón Province - 17 percent
San José - 15 percent
Cartago - 12 percent
Guanacaste Province - 7 percent
ManpowerGroup Business Development Manager Jorge Tiburcio said that the positive expectations given on the varying sectors are possibly "influenced by a recent growth in companies in the health tourism sector as well as in the tourism industry in general," The Tico Times reported.
Convergys Expands Business in Costa Rica
Convergys Corporation is expanding its business in Costa Rica to support their growing customer service and technical operations.
The Costa Rica Star wrote that the customer management giant is planning to add around 500 new highly specialized jobs in Customer Service, IP networking, IT Service Administration, and Microsoft and Virtualization Technologies.
"We are proud to have contributed to the generation of jobs in the country by adding over 1800 new employees to our payroll in 2015," said Jason A.C. Brown, Vice President for Operations for Convergys in Latin America, as quoted by the news outlet. "Our operation in Costa Rica is solid, and we made important investments in training, development and infrastructure. Last year we were able to move to bigger facilities that would help us address our growth needs and maintain the traits that are most important to our team - a great environment that cultivates creativity, innovation and where employees enjoy coming to work every day."
David Mejia, Site Director for Convergys in Costa Rica, expects 2016 to be a "strong year" for the company in the Central American country, adding that they will "continue leading in the market and bringing highly specialized technology and customer service jobs to the country," the Costa Rica Star noted.
Those who are interested in applying must be fully proficient in English. Portuguese proficiency is also an advantage.
Convergys already has three offices in Costa Rica: Rohrmoser, Ultrapark 1 and Zona Franca Metropolitana. Hiring will be open at ExpoEmpleo on March 17-19 at Antigua Aduana (Stand 202).
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