2016 will begin with new jobs for Costa Ricans as the latest Employment Outlook Survey by Manpower predicts.
According to the study, the expectation of hiring more employees in the local market for the months of January, February and March is of 16%, in other words, three points above the estimate for the last quarter of 2015. Also the Net Employment Outlook for next year exceeds 8% calculated for the same period of 2015.
Although the intentions of extending the payroll have experienced a significant drop since 2008, when they approached 35%, Dayana Arias, Manager of Recruitment of Manpower, believes that the results are quite encouraging for the country.
In addition, Arias highlighted that the survey is consistent with the employment situation in the country because according to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), the unemployment rate went from 10% to 9,2% in 2015. In this regard, it is evident that as of right now, companies have a tendency of an increase in hiring.
Despite this, out of the 622 domestic companies consulted for the study only 22% expect to increase their recruitment levels while 71% expect no change and 6% predict a decrease of staff instead.
Alajuela on the top
Within the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2016, it highlights the province of Alajuela as one that has a more positive picture for the creation of jobs.
For Arias, the result can be explained because many companies in the manufacturing area, mainly in the construction sector and manufacturing, have moved to this province. She also highlighted the influence of the opening of City Mall, for both the increased demand for labor in construction and in trade and services.
Precisely the areas of construction and manufacturing are two that expect higher recruitments early next year, along with the transport and communications sector. On the other hand, trade and services estimate a drop in payrolls since in the first quarter the temporary jobs end and the business activity gets reduced.