Posted by: luisabaldwin | July 12, 2013

Calling all “Techies”. Plenty of Job Openings in Panama!

A while back I described Panama’s economy as smoking hot.  Well, that’s putting it mildly.  Panama is running a staggering rate of -0% unemployment with a GDP growth rate for 2012 coming in at  11%!   That kind of growth is hard to keep up with and, currently, Panama can’t seem to fill all the job openings it has available, especially for skilled labor. Additionally, as previously described on this site, visa requirements have been relaxed to make it easier for people to get all kinds of visas, including work visas.  So what are you waiting for?  Take a crash course in Spanish and start investigating Panama as your new job frontier.
Lack of Technical Professionals in Panama

by Tom on July 2, 2013 in News from Panama

Tom Bryner has discovered yet another article on the miraculous economy of Panama.  Thank you Tom.  I think you’ll find his website to be filled with many more interesting articles.

Tom Brymer
Panama Advisory Group
Villa 128 Valle Escondido
Boquete, Chiriqui 33176, Panama

Panamanians are not interested in technical careers but rather social ones, as reflected by the short supply of professionals to meet the needs of the industry.

This issue was discussed during the forum ‘maritime sector and the impact of human resources in its development “, organized by the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP by its initials in Spanish). According to the Director of Planning of the UMIP, Fernanda Billard, opportunities exist for technical training and supplying the workforce, but these have not been taken up by Panamanians.

Added to the lack of technical manpower is staff turnover, skilled workers are tempted away by higher wages and better conditions with the competition, said Billard.

“The Panamanian idiosyncrasy is that with a technical degree you are not going to be paid what you need, but that is not what the industry is saying, quite the opposite. We need to instill in the population that the industry needs more technical staff, ” explained the official.

Among the vacancies in Panamanian industry are positions in: renewable energy, environmental protection, ports and logistics in general. Billard says that “without development without quality training, without a staff that is excellent, Panama’s economic growth will not be sustainable over time, meaning that it will be difficult to develop the logistics and maritime hub with national human resources if we do not change the mentality of the population “.


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