One in three employers (34%) worldwide said they are having difficulty filling positions due to lack of available talent, an increase of three percentage points compared to 2010.
The global economic downturn may have masked the talent shortage for several years, but the global recovery, despite its slowness, has made the tension created by lack of talented workers more evident, now that organizations who have reduced staff levels are finding that they need more of the right kind of people to make progress and support the company strategy.
In the American continent the countries surveyed included Brazil, where 57% of employers indicated difficulty filling job vacancies, the United States, where the percentage reached 52%, Argentina 51%, Panama 36%, Costa Rica 30% Guatemala 27%, and Peru 10%.
Globally, Japan (80%) and India (67%) came ahead of Brazil in the list.
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“In 2006, Finnish students scored the highest average in science and reading among developed countries”.
Finland must be visited by anyone in the education industry, to understand why this country is so successful in all educational levels.
In the past years, Finnish students have systematically placed their country in the first levels of the Science and Reading rankings tests, conducted globally by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Finland also tops the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Panama is near the top of the list of countries where there is the most acute shortage of skilled labor. Guatemala and Costa Rica are located in the middle of the table.
In the Canal country, 47% of employers said they have difficulties in filling jobs with the right people. In Guatemala this percentage is 36%, and in Costa Rica it is 35%.
A legal bill includes a business proposal to train students simultaneously in schools and businesses.
From a press release from the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP):
A project that enables young people to "learn by doing" was signed on Tuesday by the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, so that it can be discussed in the Legislative Assembly.
Central America is waking up to the reality that it can no longer continue to dodge the need to invest in education. Illiteracy and educational poverty are some of the punishments for population of an economy that is based on knowledge.
Craig Barrett, president of Intel, said at the the First Innovation Congress of the Digital Government that was held in the city of San Jose "that a successful country is one that has intelligent people because it constantly invests in education improvement (...) brilliant people and ideas attract more companies to the country, and an intelligent government guarantees conditions that are ideal for companies to invest in its workers and territory."