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Peru – Talent shortages hamper recruitment

18 July 2013

Companies across Peru are struggling to recruit technicians, engineers, technologists, and executives, according to research by ManpowerGroup. The talent shortage is impacting 28% of employers who are struggling to find suitably trained skilled workers.   

“The new economy of Peru requires companies to provide specialised services to clients. That takes employees with knowledge, experience, and expertise. Also people who work as part of a team for the benefit of the organisation,” said Juan Lizarraga, director of ManpowerGroup subsidiary Experis.

Companies also reported a lack of suitable candidates (32%), a lack of specialised knowledge (24%), and a lack of soft skills; such as emotional intelligence, leadership, and effective communication (19%). Language skills also proved difficult to recruit, particularly English and Portuguese (36%).

In addition, skills such as the ability to plan and organise (30%), manage information technology (26%), and manage in a complex environment (15%) are highly sought after skills.

“It is very important to acquire two basic skills: developing a better skill-set, and learning to adapt to change and embrace innovation. Only then can [Peru] keep pace with demand,” added Mr Lizarraga.       

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