Panama is a country with unemployment rates between 3% and 4%. While Panama is a country that offers many job opportunities, it is also true that there are some jobs in Panama that are difficult to cover. In our article today, we will know what those jobs are.

Gogetit Highlights

* 46% of Panamanians employers report difficulty filling vacancies. 48% said they are market reasons, 44% say they are for lack of applicants with the necessary skills and 36% mentions that this stems from the lack of experience of the candidates.

* The countries of the Americas showing the highest levels of talent shortages are Peru (68%) and Brazil (61%), while the least affected are the United States and Canada, as both reported 32%.

* The lack of talent affects Panamanian companies and they reduce their ability to provide customer service.

Recently, the tenth annual talent shortage survey conducted by Manpower, the global leader in delivering innovative solutions and human capital, revealed that the lack of skills on staff globally shows no signs of abating, and therefore urges the companies to act differently to attract and retain talent demand mode.

In the case of Panama, 46% of Panamanians employers report difficulty filling vacancies. 48% said they are market reasons, 44% lack of applicants with the necessary skills and 36% mentions that this stems from the lack of experience of the candidates.

According to information published by Revista Summa website, it is due to this lack of talented Panamanian companies are affected, reducing their ability to serve the client as 28%. In addition, for 28%, an increase in staff turnover and by 20% of respondents, reducing their productivity and competitiveness.

To try to solve this problem, companies are implementing strategies such as adapting different practices with people (37%), providing additional training and development to existing staff (29%) and develop new skills (23%).

The Regional Director of Manpower Central America and Dominican Republic, Alberto Alessi, said that “it is true that many young graduates do not meet the requirements to be hired, so that employers face obstacles Panama filling positions due to lack of candidates, technical or hard skills, experience, seeking higher wages and lack of professional and soft skills.”

Which are the 10 most difficult to fill jobs in Panama?

For 2014, the most difficult jobs to fill in Panama were: Secretaries and Personal Assistants, Technicians, Sales Representatives, Certificates Workers in some office, Accounting and Finance staff, Engineers, Drivers, Sales Managers and Executive Managers.

So far in 2015, the situation has changed a bit, appearing as follows: Technicians, Secretaries and Assistants, Personal Finance and Accounting, Sales Representative, Workers in a trade certificates, Drivers, Engineers, Managers and Sales Purchasing staff.

Read more information here (Article in Spanish).

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Silvia Merida Pellicer
Gogetit Content Manager. Author of important reviews for Gogetit News, “The #1 Source for real estate news in Panama.”
Specialized in the search and analysis of the most important news about real estate in Panama.