Telecommunications Market Opening Will Dynamize Employment

Telecomm employment will double as the sector's monopoly ends in Costa Rica, expanding the market.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Five years from now, telecommunication jobs in Costa Rica will increase to 30.000 as new players enter the market, up from the 15.000 now offered by the state's company, known as ICE. This figures are estimations by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (Minaet).

"Engineers and technicians in networks and equipment maintenance, software programmers and sales staff will be the most demanded positions", published "Additionally, there will be more need for legal advisors, economists, technology administrators and developers, among others".

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April 2008

Competition is heating up in Central America for labor in sectors such as agriculture, construction and domestic service.

Wages are increasing rapidly because of the shortage in Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
In Panama and Costa Rica alone, some 300,000 workers need to be imported for harvests and the modernization of the Panama Canal, according to the World Migration Organization.

Transnationals aim to hire 8,000 for Costa Rican services sector

June 2008

Transnational services companies are looking to hire 8,000 more employees this year in Costa Rica, said Gabriela Llobet, head of the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives.

Llobet was speaking at a seminar on the services sector organized in conjunction with the Central American Business Management Institute (Incae).

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January 2010

29 new foreign investment projects in high technology services, medical devices and advanced manufacturing.

The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), indicated that 29 new foreign investment projects that arrived in the country in the high technology services sector, medical devices and advanced manufacturing, in conjunction with the companies already installed, generated 5,730 new jobs and US $304.6 million during 2009.

Employment crisis in Central America

January 2009

The consequences only could be offset by investing in education and technology and increase the added value of export products.

"Central American, and Nicaragua in particular, will not escape the wave of unemployment that the global economic crisis will cause around the world.

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