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Chile – Foreign logistics workers sought after

27 August 2013

According to a survey from recruitment firm Randstad, the number of foreign logistics professionals will increase in Chile by +10% in 2014. The highest proportion will come from neighbouring countries; such as Brazil and Argentina.

Luciana Bengardino, mining team leader, suppliers & logistics of Randstad, said: “The larger Latin American countries methods are different, because they have much larger supply chains. They have companies that are double or triple in size national ones, resulting in that, in general, industries such as retail, consumer goods and transportation, among others, have a much greater scale logistics, both in technology and capability of removal, storage and demand for skilled professionals."

Increasingly the number of foreign companies is perceived as positive because it creates "an atmosphere of competitiveness, which makes the entire organisation deliver their fullest potential to achieve the objectives of the company. This not only involves an exchange of cultures, but also of good work practices.

However, Mr Bengardino believes that national candidates are increasingly prepared and qualified to work in the current market, but "most Chileans find it more interesting to live and find work experience abroad, as they really add value to your vocational training.”

Increasing labour shortages have also impacted on demand. This year, the demand for talent in the industry has increased +7% and it is expected that with the constant and continuous growth that has taken the industry, this figure will increase further in 2014.

According to the Randstad ‘Trends in annual wages, benefits and workplace 2013’ study reports that employers would rather invest in more suitable training programmes for domestic workers before trying to source employees from other countries.

In this regard, Bengardino noted that despite the efforts made in the training of professionals, there is a difference between what is required and the available supply. As a result the government is evaluating the percentage of flexible foreign professionals and technicians that can be employed by a Chilean company. "Further considering that emerging countries such as Brazil and Argentina, increasingly play a more active role in international trade and in the future will become the new benchmark in the logistics sector, moving to Europe, a continent that is currently leading regarding best practices in the industry, "he says.

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