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Guatemala – Seasonal bump in temporary recruitment

11 December 2013

The number of temporary jobs as risen by +8% as companies in Guatemala as employers increase their staffing levels to cope with seasonal demand, reports elperiodico.com.gt. Of the additional temporary workers taken on during the festive season, a study from recruiters ManpowerGroup estimates that only 10% will be retained into the new year.

Luis Linares, General Secretary of the Association for Research and Social Studies (Asies), warned companies to take care when hiring temporary staff. He recommended that they check that their workers are not under age, that they adhere to policies relating to the number of days staff can work, and that they also do not force staff to work at night.   

Egor Espinosa, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Guatemala, advised that looking forward into the next year: “Employers in Guatemala remain quiet, despite the international market conditions.”

ManpowerGroup’s Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2014, released yesterday, that the employment outlook for Guatemala is relatively stable. A fifth (21%) of employers intend to recruit additional staff next quarter, while 8% intend to reduce their current staffing levels.  

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